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"The Holly and the Ivy"
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"The Holly and the Ivy," Lyrics, Text Format



"The Holly and the Ivy," Lyrics, Text Format



Beginning syncopation and intervals
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Description
 
  • Grade: Fifth

  • Origin: England - Traditional

  • Key: F Major

  • Time: 3/4

  • Form: AA

  • Rhythm: beginners: | ti ti ta ta | ta ta/ ti | syncopation, | ta/a ti ti | ti ti ta ti ti | ti ti ta ta |
    | ta/a (ti) ti |

  • Pitches: intermediate: So La Do Re Mi Fa So La

  • Intervals: beginners: Do/La8 (M6), Mi\Do (m3), Do/Mi (M3), Mi\La (P5), So/Do (P4)

  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: eighth; pickup beat, fermata, syncopation, vocal slur

  • Key Words: world geography: England; seasonal song, holiday season, Christmas carol, sacred, grown, trees, bears, crown, rising sun, running deer, merry organ, singing choir, blossom, lily, Mary, mother of Jesus, Jesus Christ, birth of Jesus, saviour, berry, poor sinners, prickle, sharp thorn, Christmas Day, morn, bark, bitter gall, redeem, abbreviation: flow'rs (flower)

  • Recorder: intermediate: introducing B flat

 
 


"The Holly and the Ivy"

           
    1. The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.
   
      Refrain:    
      O, the rising of the sun,
And the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ,
Sweet singing in the choir.
   
   
2.
The holly bears a blossom,
As white as lily flow'rs,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
To be our dear Saviour.
   
      Refrain    
    3. The holly bears a berry,
As red as any blood,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To do poor sinners good.
   
      Refrain    
    4. The holly bears a prickle,
As sharp as any thorn,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
On Christmas Day in the morn.
   
      Refrain    
    5. The holly bears a bark,
As bitter as the gall,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
For to redeem us all.
   
      Refrain    
    6. The holly and the ivy ,
Now both are full well grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood, The holly bears the crown.
   
      Refrain    
           


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