Did you understand the origins of popular Christmas carol "The Holly and also the Ivy" date back to medieval times? Here are the words to the much-loved festive tune


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When was ‘The Holly and also The Ivy’ written?

The renowned Christmas carol ‘The Holly and The Ivy’ initially showed up in print in the early on 1nine century, once it was stated in William Hone’s 1823 book, Old Mysteries Described. But its beginnings lie a lot much longer back. People have been decorating their houses via holly and also ivy considering that the medieval times and also it has long been connected via the celebration of the winter solstice, and also Christmas.

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In Christian culture, the thorns of the holly represent the thorny crown worn by Jesus, while the red berries symbolise the drops of blood Jesus burned for humankind. The ivy is sassist to represent the Virgin Mary.

The holly and the ivy have actually also been attached together in Pagan society through the holly (male) and also ivy (female) being burned together at the pagan festival of Beltane. It is likewise believed the holly protects the house from evil spirits.

What are the lyrics to The Holly and The Ivy?

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The holly and the ivy,When they are both full grvery own,Of all the trees that are in the wood,The holly bears the crvery own.The increasing of the sunAnd the running of the deer,The playing of the merry organ,Sweet singing in the choir.

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The holly bears a blossom,As white as the lily flower,And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,To be our sweet Saviour.The climbing of the sunAnd the running of the deer,The playing of the merry organ,Sweet singing in the choir.


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The holly bears a berry,As red as any blood,And Mary bore sweet Jesus ChristFor to perform us sinners good.The increasing of the sunAnd the running of the deer,The playing of the merry organ,Sweet singing in the choir.

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The holly bears a prickle,As sharp as any type of thorn,And Mary bore sweet Jesus ChristOn Christmas Day in the morn.The rising of the sunAnd the running of the deer,The playing of the merry body organ,Sweet singing in the choir.

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The holly bears a bark,As bitter as any gall,And Mary bore sweet Jesus ChristFor to redeem us all.The increasing of the sunAnd the running of the deer,The playing of the merry organ,Sweet singing in the choir.

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The holly and the ivy,When they are both complete grown,Of all the trees that are in the wood,The holly bears the crown.The increasing of the sunAnd the running of the deer,The playing of the merry organ,Sweet singing in the choir.

 


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