The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

A Song Of the Ivy and the Holly

Alternate Title: Nay Iuy, Nay, Hyt Shall Not Be, I Wys

For Christmas

Traditional Middle English
William Sandys, Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern (London: Richard Beckley, 1833)

Nay iuy, nay (Sandys, 1852)
The Contest of the Ivy and the Holly (Husk, 1868, with notes)

See Notes Under The Holly And The Ivy.

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Nay iuy, nay, hyt shall not be, I wys
Let holy hafe e maystry as e maner ys.

1. Holy stond in e hall fayre to behold,
Iuy stond wtout e dore, she ys full sore a cold. Refrain

2. Holy and hys mery men ey dawnsyn and ey syng,
Iuy and hur maydenys ey wepyn and ey wryng. Refrain

3. Ivy hath a lyve she laghtyt wt  e colde,
So mot ey all ha fae t wt jvy hold. Refrain

4. Holy hat berys as rede as any rose,
The foster e hunters kepe hem fro e dos. Refrain

5. Iuy hath berys as blake as any slo,
There com e oule and ete hym as she goo. Refrain

6. Holy hath byrdys a ful fayre flok,
The nyghtyngale, e perpyinguy, e gayntyl lauyrok. Refrain

7. Gode iuy what byrdys ast u?
Non but e howlat t kreye how how. Refrain

Sandys' Note:

The song on the Ivy and Holly is from Harl. MS 5396. (temp. Hen. VI.) and is printed also in Ritson's Ancient Songs.  See notes under The Contest of the Ivy and the Holly.

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