The holly and the ivy (Traditional)

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  • (Posted 2018-07-22)   CPDL #50623:   
Editor: Francis Melville (submitted 2018-07-22).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 43 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: SATB unaccompanied
Arranger: Francis Melville
  • (Posted 2017-11-22)   CPDL #47662:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2017-11-22).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 55 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Arranger: Andrew Sims
  • CPDL #18487:  Network.png
Editor: Rod Mather (submitted 2008-12-13).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 41 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • CPDL #07049:  Network.png PDF and MIDI files available.
Editor: Edward L. Stauff (submitted 2004-05-20).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 52 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • CPDL #01763:  Network.png GIF and MIDI files available.
Editor: Christopher R. Baker (submitted 2000-11-27).   Copyright: Personal
Arranger: John Stainer
Edition notes: (alphabetically, under "The") A different, French tune in d minor.

General Information

Title: The holly and the ivy
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Description:

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Original text and translations

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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

Refrain:
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 lily flower
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ to be our sweet savior

Refrain

The holly bears a berry as red as any blood
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ to do poor sinners good

Refrain

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

Refrain

The holly bears a bark as bitter as any gall
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ for to redeem us all

Refrain