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The Holy and the Ivy

Traditional Arrangement The Black Family
Oh the holly and the ivy When they are both full grown Of all the trees that are in the wood The holly tree bears the crown Chorus O the rising of the sun And the running of the deer The playing of the merry organ Sweet singing all in the choir Oh the holly bears a blossom As white as any milk And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ All wrapped up in silk Chorus Oh the holly tree bears a berry As green as any grass And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ Who died upon the cross Chorus Oh the holly bears a berry As red as any blood And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ Who rose up from the dead Chorus Oh the holly tree bears a blossom As white as any snow And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ All for the world to show Chorus Now the holly tree bears a berry As black as any coal And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ All to redeem us all Chorus Oh the holly and the ivy When they are both full grown Of all the trees that are in the wood The holly tree bears the crown

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