The Holly and the Ivy

from by Lisa Neubert

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This is a French Carol with an interesting story that has passed down over the centuries (its origin unknown) tells us that the holly tree (Holy Tree) originated by springing up here and there beneath the footsteps of Christ as he walked the earth. The sharp points of the plant prophesying of His crown of thorns, the bitter bark representing His death, the red berries His blood, the white flower His resurrection. Holly and Ivy have been popular Christmas decorations since at least the fifteenth century.

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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
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

The holly bears a blossom
As white as lily flower
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To be our sweet Saviour
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

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
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

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
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

The holly bears a bark
As bitter as any gall;
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
For to redeem us all.
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

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.
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

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from Joyous Noel!, released December 1, 2016

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Lisa Neubert Kaysville, Utah

I am a dark chocolate loving studio artist. Piano is my passion and I enjoy writing music that comes from my love of beautiful things and places. Sunrises. Geese in flight. And bikes. Especially bikes. I hope you enjoy the music that comes of it. Send me an e-mail at lisaneubertpiano@gmail.com! ... more

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