The Holly And The Ivy

Written by: Traditional

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Original Key: D


Verse 1:
    D            F♯m7     Bm7
The holly and the I  -    vy
     Em7           Bm    A/C♯
When they are both full  grown:
A  D             F♯m7      G      Bm
Of all the trees that  are in the wood,
    Em7         A   D
The holly bears the crown.
Chorus:
       G2/B            A/C♯    D
Oh the ri  -  sing of  the     sun
        Em7        Dm7    A/C♯
And the running of the    deer,
A   D               G       Bm7
The play-ing of the mer-ry  or  –  gan,
      Em7            A    D
Sweet sing  - ing of the choir.
Verse 2:
    D              F♯m7     Bm7
The holly bears a  blos  -  som
   Em7            Bm    A/C♯
As white as li  - ly    flower;
A   D         F♯m7   G     Bm
And Mary bore sweet  Jesus Christ
    Em7           A     D
To  be  our sweet Sav - iour. 
Verse 3:
    D               F♯m7    Bm7
The holly bears a   ber  -  ry
   Em7        Bm    A/C♯
As red as a - ny    blood;
A   D         F♯m7   G     Bm
And Mary bore sweet  Jesus Christ
    Em7           A     D
To  do poor sin - ners good. 
Verse 4:
    D              F♯m7      Bm7
The holly bears a  pri   -   ckle
   Em7           Bm   A/C♯
As sharp as a -  ny   thorn;
A   D         F♯m7    G      Bm
And Mary bore sweet   Jesus Christ
    Em7          A      D
On Christmas Day in the morn.
Verse 5:
    D              F♯m7   Bm7
The holly bears a  ba  -  rk
   Em7           Bm    A/C♯
As bitter as a - ny    gall;
A    D        F♯m7    G     Bm
And Mary bore sweet   Jesus Christ
    Em7        A   D
For to  redeem us  all.
Verse 6:
    D             F♯m7    Bm7
The holly and the I   -   vy
      Em7           Bm    A/C♯
When  they are both full  grown:
A  D             F♯m7     G       Bm
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
    Em7         A   D
The holly bears the crown. 

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.

Oh, 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 Savior.

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

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

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

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.

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