The holly and the ivy
When they are both full grown
Of all the trees
That are in the wood,
The holly wears the crown

Chorus:
O the rising of the sun
The running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing in the choir
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 Saviour

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

[Chorus:]

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

[Chorus:]

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

[Chorus:]

The holly and the ivy
When they are both full grown
Of all the trees
That are in the wood
The holly wears the crown

[Chorus:]
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The Holly & The Ivy Lyrics