Christmas Carols

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The Holly and the Ivy

  1. 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.
    O, the rising of the sun
    And the running of the deer,
    The playing of the merry organ,
    Sweet singing in the choir.
  2. The holly bears a blossom
    As white as lily flow'r,
    And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
    To be our sweet Saviour.
    O, the rising of the sun...
  3. The holly bears a berry
    As red as any blood,
    And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
    To do poor sinners good.
    O, the rising of the sun...
  4. The holly bears a prickle
    As sharp as any thorn,
    And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
    On Christmas Day in the morn.
    O, the rising of the sun...
  5. The holly bears a bark
    As bitt'r as any gall,
    And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
    For to redeem us all.
    O, the rising of the sun...
  6. 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.
    O, the rising of the sun...