The Holly and the Ivy


for Children’s Voices

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    Craig Curry’s dynamic setting of The Holly and the Ivy is a must for your Christmas service or concert. A creative accompaniment, intelligent vocal writing, and a moving handbell part work together to make this piece one not to miss. Singers will enjoy the challenge of this piece and audiences will be delighted to listen.

    An accompaniment CD is available here.

    The handbell score is available here.

    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

    The holly bears a blossom as white as the lily flower
    And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ to be our sweet Savior

    The holly bears a berry as red as any blood
    And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ to do poor sinners good
    The holly bears a prickle as sharp as any thorn
    And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ on Christmas Day
    On Christmas day in the morn

    The holly bears a bark as bitter as any gall
    And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ for to redeem us all

    The rising of the sun, and the running of the deer
    The playing of the merry organ, sweet singing in the choir


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