Henry VIII – Grene growith the holy

Photo: Ivy  growing in snow Elmstead Wood, Bromley, South London.

Photo: Ivy  growing in snow Elmstead Wood, Bromley, South London.

Given how closely it follows the carol form I think it’s safe to assume that ‘Grene growith the holy’ (Green grows the holly) was composed for Christmas celebrations. Only the burden’s music (the refrain) has come down to us so an anonymous  tune from the manuscript of Henry’s compositions is generally used for the verses. Enjoy :-)

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Grene growth the holy, I Fagiolini
Illustrations by Kestutis Kasparavicius

Video & Description Source: Grene growth the holy – YouTube. Uploaded on Dec 11, 2011 by kasparart.

Lyrics: Grene growith the holy

Refrain:
Grene growith the holy,
So doth the ive,
Thow wynter blastys blow never so hye,
Grene growith the holy.

As the holy grouth grene
And never chaungyth hew,
So I am, ever hath bene,
Unto my lady trew

Grene growith the holy, etc.

As the holy grouth grene
With ive all alone
When flowerys cannot be sene,
And grenewode levys be gone.

Grene growith the holy, etc.

Now unto my lady
Promyse to her I make,
Frome all other only
To her I me betake.

Grene growith the holy, etc.

Adew, myne owne lady,
Adew, my specyall,
Who hath my hart trewly,
Be suere, and ever shall.

Grene growith the holy, etc.

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