Verse 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.


Chorus

The rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing in the choir.


Verse 2

The holly bears the blossom
white as the lily flower
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To be our sweet Sav-iour


Verse 3

The holly bears a berry
red as a drop of blood
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To do poor sinners good


Verse 4

The holly bears a prickle
as sharp as any thorn
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
on Christmas Day in the morn