Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Holly and the Ivy

This pretty holiday song is a traditional British tune that we may not be so familiar with since it rarely shows up in the States as a standard Christmas carol. This particular carol has been around since at least 1911, but has been noted in an early list of songs that dates back to the early 1800s. It is possible that it dates back even further, but there is no proof of it. It was once described as a “touchingly simple class of religious ballad” by a reviewer in the early 1800s. It almost was misplaced forever, but one copy managed to make it through to a collector who was compiling a list of songs in 1849. The early versions do not contain any music for the carols, but it was called an old French carol.

The church started using holly and ivy in their decorations in the 15th century, and they are part of the traditional British holiday d├ęcor. Holly is associated with the winter solstice in druid lore and the Romans have paired up holly with Saturn. Henry VIII paid tribute to holly and ivy in a love song that he wrote. He is as true as the holly and the ivy are green in the winter. Holly and ivy have even been used to represent men and women with women being the ivy and men the holly. Make your own interpretation here. The  story goes that the men would sing of the great traits of the holly and how horrid the ivy was, and likewise, the women would sing of the virtues of the ivy and the hideous nature of the holly. These “carols”, “sing alongs”, “ battles of the bands” took place when, apparently, there was nothing else to do. The only way to resolve the “fight” was to take it under the mistletoe.

Holly, ivy and mistletoe are forever green plants that have long been associated with the Christmas season.

1
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.
The rising of the sun
And the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ,
Sweet singing in the choir.
2
The holly bears a blossom,
As white as the lily flower,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
To be our sweet Saviour.
The rising of the sun, etc.
3
The holly bears a berry,
As red as any blood,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
For to do us sinners good.
The rising of the sun, etc.
4
The holly bears a prickle,
As sharp as any thorn,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
On Christmas Day in the morn.
The rising of the sun, etc.
5
The holly bears a bark,
As bitter as any gall,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
For to redeem us all.
The rising of the sun, etc.
6
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.
The rising of the sun, etc.

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18 comments:

  1. Thank you, Julie and Blu, for another great week and for including my bracelet. Shared.

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  2. All kinds of beautiful shades of green! I also enjoy hearing and watching the video. Thanks, Julie and Blu. I'll add to my Pinterest, Wanelo boards.

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  3. This is such a pretty Christmas song and is not sung often enough, IMHO. Love Annie Lennox's version as well as Loreena McKennitt's: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC7kyhWFtqc Many thanks for filling your blog with so much beautiful green. And thank you for including my sparkly earrings. Will share all around. Seamus wishes Blu a little extra turkey tomorrow!

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  4. Another beautiful Christmas carol you have selected. I was just about to say how much I love Loreena McKennitt's but I see Catherine beat me to it. Thanks again Julie...and Happy Thanksgiving to you and the beautiful Blu!

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  5. Thank you for another week of the Christmas countdown and for including my turquoise bracelet in your fun post.

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  6. Gorgeous greens! Love the song. Thanks for including my light switch plate. Will share.

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  7. Thanks for including my jewelry set. LOVE the green choices.

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  8. I just love the color Green, Julie! Beautiful selections - Thank You for including my Red Flowers in Evergreen Crocheted Lace Mat!

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  9. Thank you
    I love the greens the items are so beautiful but together they are amazing!

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  10. I, too, love seeing so much green. Thank you for including my Celtic bracelet as one of your gorgeous selections! Will share!

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  11. Such a beautiful carol for these gorgeous green items. Thank you Julie and Blu for sharing.
    Thank you for including my charm bracelet. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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  12. I don't know how you accomplished that with the Holiday's! Super Awesome Woman you are! Thanks for including my Green Jade Necklace. Happy Thanksgiving To Everyone!

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  13. Major thanks, Julie and beautiful Blu, for this wonderful additional promotion! And thanks for including my earrings with all these lovelies. :) Will be sharing!

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  14. I love all of these rich and beautiful greens! Thank you so much for including my big dangly earrings! I have saved all these beauties and the entire collection on Pinterest.

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  15. Wonderful post, Julie and Blu. Thanks so much for including my elephant favor tags. Will share.

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  16. Wonderful post, Julie and Blu. Thanks so much for including my elephant favor tags. Will share.

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  17. I'm not familiar with that Christmas Carol so you definitely gave me a history lesson. Thank you for including my fused glass Christmas ornament with all these other beautiful greens! Have shared -

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