The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Ivy Chefe Of Treis It Is

For Christmas

Words: English Traditional

See Notes Under The Holly And The Ivy.

E. K. Chambers and F. Sidgwick, eds., Early English Lyrics (London: A. H. Bullen, 1907), #CXXXVIII, p. 236.

Ivy chefe of treis it is.
Veni coronaberis.

The most worthie she is in towne ;
He that seith other, do amisse ;
And worthy to bere the crowne. 5
    Veni coronaberis.

Ivy is soft and meke of speche ;
Ageinst all bale she is blisse.
Well is he that may her reche.
    Veni coronaberis. 10

Ivy is green, with coloure bright,
Of all treis best she is ;
And that I preve well now be right.
    Veni coronaberis.

Ivy bereth beris black. 15
God graunt us all his blisse,
For there shall we nothing lack !
    Veni coronaberis.

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