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The Holly and the Ivy Girl

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Uploaded on Nov 24, 2007

Come Buy My Nice Fresh Ivy is a Christmas Carol which originated in Ireland.
The music is O'Carolan's Lament (Irish: Uaill-Cuma ui Cearballain), by Turlough O'Carolan.
The lyrics were written by John Keegan (1809-1849). They were published originally in the first edition of The Irishman of 1849
Contemporary recordings can be found through the external link.

THE HOLLY AND IVY GIRL

Come buy my nice fresh ivy
And my holly sprigs so green
I have the finest branches
That ever yet were seen
Come buy from me good Christians
And let me home I pray
And I'll wish you a Merry Christmas times
And a happy New Year's Day.

The cold wind whistled mournfully
O'er Dublin's dreary town
And this a dying maiden sang
While the cold hail rattled down
One stiff hand clutched her ivy sprigs
And holly boughs so fair
With the other she kept brushing
The haildrops from her hair

Ah! Won't you take my ivy
The loveliest ever seen
Ah! Won't you have my holly boughs
All you who love the green
Do take a bunch of each
And on my knees I'll pray
That God may bless you Christmas
And be with you on New Year's Day.

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