The Holly and the Ivy

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arranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw

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The holly and the ivy,

Now both are full well grown.
Of all the trees that are in the wood,

The holly bears the crown.

Oh, the rising of the sun,

The running of the deer.

The playing of the merry organ,

Sweet singing in the quire.

The holly bears a blossom

As white as lily flower;

And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ

To be our sweet Savior.

The holly bears a berry

As red as any blood;

And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ

To do poor sinners good.

The holly bears a bark

As bitter as any gall;

And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ

For to redeem us all.

-Traditional English

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from Follow We This Joyful Birth, released December 1, 2012

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