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  1. Ellen
    December 14, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

    I found a website that has what are believed to be the original lyrics:
    The Holly and the Ivy
    When they are both full-grown
    Of all the trees that are in the wood
    The Holly / Ivy bears the crown

    Chorus:” The rising of the sun
    And the running of the deer
    The rounding of the shining moon
    The weary worn hunter”

    The holly bears a blossom
    White as the lily flower
    And ivy bears the blackest buds
    To pull him to her power

    (chorus)

    The holly bears a berry
    As red as any blood
    And ivy bears the greenest leaves
    To wrap him in her hood

    (chorus)

    The holly bears a prickle
    As sharp as any thorn
    And ivy bears a clinging vine
    To smother him right down

    (chorus)

    The holly bears a bark
    Bitter as any gall
    And ivy bears small nectar flowers
    To sweeten all his fall

    (chorus)

    The holly and the ivy
    When they are both full-grown
    Of all the trees that are in the wood
    These two shall wreathe as one.

  2. Wendy
    December 21, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    Nice post. Good crop of berries on my ivy this year but I have no holly. Something to address next year. Actually I said that last year.