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As the Holly Groweth Green

(Beck Siàn)
February 3, 2015
Beck Siàn/King Henry VIII

As the Holly Groweth Green

Green groweth the holly

So doth the ivy

Though winter’s blasts blow never so high,

Green groweth the holly

 

As the holly groweth green

And never changeth hue,

So I am, ever hath been,

Unto my lover true

Green groweth the holly

 

Green groweth the holly

So doth the ivy

Though winter’s blasts blow never so high,

Green groweth the holly

 

As the holly groweth green

With ivy all alone

When flowers cannot be seen

And greenwood leaves be gone,

Green groweth the holly

 

Green groweth the holly

So doth the ivy

Though winter’s blasts blow never so high,

Green groweth the holly

 

Now unto my love

Promise to thou I make

From all other only

To thou I me betake

Green groweth the holly

 

Green groweth the holly

So doth the ivy

Though winter’s blasts blow never so high,

Green groweth the holly

 

Adieu, mine own love,

Adieu, my special

Who hath my heart truly

Be sure, and ever shall,

Green groweth the holly

 

Green groweth the holly

So doth the ivy

Though winter’s blasts blow never so high,

Green groweth the holly

 

Words by King Henry VIII (1491 - 1547) arranged, altered and adapted by Beck Siàn

Guitar, recorder, vocals by Beck Siàn

Recorded by Jonathan Kershaw