The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Green Grow'th The Holly

"Attributed to King Henry VIII"

Compare: Green Groweth The Holly, So Doth The Ivy (Chambers & Sidgwick)
Grene Growith The Holy (Greene)
See Notes Under The Holly And The Ivy

1. Green grow’th the holly
So doth the ivy
Though winter blasts blow na’er so high
Green grow’th the holly

2. Gay are the flowers
Hedgerows and ploughlands
The days grow longer in the sun
Soft fall the showers

3. Full gold the harvest
Grain for thy labor
With God must work for daily bread
Else, man, thou starvest

4. Fast fall the shed leaves
Russet and yellow
But resting buds are smug and safe
Where swung the dead leaves

5. Green grow’th the holly
So doth the ivy
The God of life can never die
Hope! Saith the holly

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