The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Her Commys Holly, That Is So Gent

Words and Music: Traditional English

Source: Thomas Wright, Songs and Carols Now First Printed, From a Manuscript of the Fifteenth Century (London: The Percy Society, 1847), Song #69, printed verbatim from a manuscript probably owned by a professional musician, and apparently written in the latter half of the fifteenth century, circa 1471-1485.

Compare: Here Comes Holly (Husk)
Here Commes Holly, That Is So Gent (Chambers & Sidgwick)
See Note under Holvyr And Heyvy Made A Gret Party.
See Notes Under The Holly And The Ivy.

    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, now syng we.

Her commys holly, that is so gent,
To pleasse all men is his intent.
                    Alleluia.

But, lord and lady off this hall,
Who so ever ageynst holly call,
                    Alleluia.

Who so ever ageynst holly do crye,
In a lepe shall he hang ful hye.
                    Alleluia.

Who so ever ageynst holly do syng,
He maye wepe and handys wryng.
                    Alleluia.

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