Nursery Rhymes

The Holly and the Ivy

The Holly and the Ivy Lyrics and Music

The inspirational words and lyrics of this treasured hymn begin with "The holly and the ivy, when they are both full grown" as the first words of this famous Christmas Carol. The author of the lyrics and name of the composer of the music that accompanies the "The Holly and the Ivy" hymn have been lost over time and are therefore unknown, but continue to be enjoyed to this day at this festive time of the year. Holly and Ivy are used to adorn churches and houses, at Christmas, and are therefore associated with scenes of good will and rejoicing. We hope you enjoy the lyrics of this merry Christmas carol.

The Holly and the Ivy Hymn
Title: The Holly and the Ivy *** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Unknown *** Hymns Category: Christmas Carols

The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Carol
The joyful festive song reflect some traditions that have specific religious significance to the Christian religion. As holly has a sharp, spiny edge it reflects John 19:2 "And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head". Evergreen plants like the Ivy, which actually bear fruit in the winter time are therefore associated with the birth of Jesus.

The Holly and the Ivy Lyrics

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.

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: The Holly and the Ivy
Author of Lyrics: Unknown
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Unknown
Hymn Category: Christmas Carols
First Line of Hymn: The holly and the ivy, when they are both full grown
First Publication Date: 1861 in 'A Garland of Christmas Carols'

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