Sunday Poetry – Christmas

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As December has begun it’s no longer too soon to mention Christmas so I’m going to feature some more of my favourite carols as I did last year. The Holly and the Ivy is one of my favourites, a traditional carol that was published in its best-known version by Cecil Sharp in 1911. Here’s a very traditional performance by  the Westminster Abbey choir & here’s a faster version by the Mediaeval Baebes.

  The holly and the ivy,
    When they are both full grown,
    Of all the trees that are in the wood,
    The holly bears the crown.
    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 the lily flower,
    And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
    To be our sweet Saviour.
    The rising of the sun, etc.

    The holly bears a berry,
    As red as any blood,
    And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
    For to do us sinners good.
    The rising of the sun, etc.

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

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

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

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