The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Green Groweth The Holly, So Doth The Ivy

For Christmas

Attributed to Henry The Eighth.

Compare:
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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