Ivy, Chief Of Trees, It Is
Words and Music:
Bodleian Library. MS. Eng. Poet. e. 1. XV Century
See Notes Under The Holly And The Ivy.
Source: Henry Vizetelly, Christmas With The Poets (London: David Bogue, 1851).
Ivy, chief of trees, it is;
1. The most worthy is she in town;
He who says other, says amiss;
Worthy is she to bear the crown;
2. Ivy is soft, and meek of speech,
Against all woe she bringeth bliss;
Happy is he that may her reach:
3. Ivy is green, of colour bright,
Of all trees the chief she is;
And that I prove will now be right;
4. Ivy, she beareth berries black;
God grant to all of us his bliss!
For then we shall nothing lack;
Versions of this carol on this web site include:
Ivy Chefe Off Treis It Is (Wright, 1847)
Ivy, Chief Of Trees, It Is (Vizetelly, 1851) (this page)
Ivy, Chief Of Trees (Husk, 1868)
Ivy Chefe Of Treis It Is (Chambers & Sidgwick, 1907)
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