The Holly and the Ivy

One of my favorites.  This early 18th century carol combines Pagan and Christian imagery. The holly and ivy represent male and female medieval fertility symbols juxtaposed with the birth of Christ. The references to ‘merry harp’ echo  the words of Chaucer.

Performed by the fabulous Mediaeval Baebes, this carol is a trip into yesteryear.  So grab some hot cocoa, sit back, relax and listen. I hope you enjoy it!







28 comments on “The Holly and the Ivy

  1. I love this carol. Love the blending of pagan and Christian themes. Read “The Oak, The Holly King and The Unicorn”! It opened my eyes to all kinds of links between Christianity and earlier religions.

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  2. hocuspocus13 says:

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  3. piratepatty says:

    This is lovely!❤

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  4. Thanks for sharing. A favorite. 🙂

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  5. John W. Leys says:

    Ahh this is beautiful

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  6. poeturja says:

    Don’t know why but never heard this before. Lovely…delightful chills…thanks for posting!

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  7. Vicky V says:

    Beautiful 🙂

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  8. magicandglitter says:

    Reblogged this on magicandglitterblog.

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  9. afairymind says:

    Love it! It’s always been one of my favourites. 🙂

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  10. Ellen Hawley says:

    I didn’t know that about the carol. It’s a beautiful tune, although I’ve always had mixed feelings about the words. But that’s just me with my mixed feelings about Christmas carols. Even I can’t argue with the tune, though.

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