Christmas Carols 101: The Holly And The Ivy

Another one of the traditional Christmas carols my sister and I liked so much (even if we did `bare the clown’.) Did you ever mispronounce the words to a Christmas carol, when you were little?

The Holly And The Ivy

holly-bares-the-clownThe holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.

CHORUS: Oh, the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer…
The playing of the merry organ,
Sweet singing in the choir.

The holly bears a blossom,
As white as any flower
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
To be our dear Saviour.

CHORUS: Oh, the rising of… etc.

The holly bears a berry,
As red as any blood,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
To do poor sinners good.

CHORUS: Oh, the rising of… etc.

The holly bears a prickle,
As sharp as any thorn,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
On Christmas Day in the morn.

CHORUS: Oh, the rising of… etc.

The holly bears a bark,
As bitter as the gall,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
For to redeem us all.

CHORUS: Oh, the rising of… etc.

The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.

CHORUS: Oh, the rising of… etc.

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