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The Holly and the Ivy

Holly and Ivy

The Holly and the Ivy

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Holly and Ivy, both evergreens used for decoration as remembrance the green of other seasons during the winter, have been used to represent male and female respectively. Later verses, omitted here, were added to this carol to connect the holly berry with blood and the Christian nativity.

King Wenceslas
The holly and the ivy
When they are both full grown
Of all the trees that are in the wood
The holly bears the crown

Oh the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing in the choir