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And the first tree in the greenwood it was the holly

Sunday, 22 December, 2013

The “Sans Day Carol” was first transcribed from the singing of Thomas Beard, a villager in St Day in the parish of Gwennap, Cornwall, in the late 19th century. Gerry Cullen, Phil Callery and Fran McPhail, aka The Voice Squad, recorded this superb version in 1987.

Now the Holly bears a berry as white as the milk
And Mary bore Jesus, who was wrapped up in silk.

Now the Holly bears a berry as green as the grass
And Mary bore Jesus, who died on the cross.

Now the Holly bears a berry as black as the coal
And Mary bore Jesus, who died for us all.

Now the Holly bears a berry as blood is it red
Then trust we our Saviour who rose from the dead.

And Mary bore Jesus Christ our Saviour to be
And the first tree in the greenwood, it was the holly.
Holly, holly,
And the first tree in the greenwood it was the holly.

The holly

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  1. Perfect and essential Christmas Fare.Maith thu.Failte abhaile agus Nollag Shona dhibh go lear!