The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Green Groweth The Holly, So Doth The Ivy

For Christmas

Attributed to Henry The Eighth.

Green Grow'th The Holly
Grene Growith The Holy (Greene)
See Notes Under The Holly And The Ivy

E. K. Chambers and F. Sidgwick, eds., Early English Lyrics (London: A. H. Bullen, 1907), #XXIII, p. 54.

Green groweth the holly ; so doth the ivy.
Though winter blastes blow never so high,
Green groweth the holly.

AS the holly groweth green,
    And never changeth hue, 5
So I am, ever hath been
    Unto my lady true ;

As the holly groweth green
    With ivy all alone,
When floweres can not be seen 10
    And green wood leaves be gone.

Now unto my lady
    Promise to her I make,
From all other only
    To her I me betake. 15 .

Adieu, mine own lady,
    Adieu, my special,
Who hath my heart truly,
    And shall be sure, ever

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