Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Poetry Tuesday: "The Holly and the Ivy"





The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown
Of all the trees that are in the wood
The holly bears the crown
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir.


35 comments:

Daisy said...

What a lovely poem and a great way to start my day! Thank you, Betty! :)

Madi and Mom said...

Morning BB
What a beautiful poem....you found such timely verses.

It is dang cold in Dixie 31 for a high today,
Hugs to you all,
Madi and Mom

Joann Mannix said...

One of my favorite holiday song/poems. It will be ringing in my head all day today and that's a good thing. As always, thank you Betty.

Tracy said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting!! Your blog is LOVELY as is this poem. THANK YOU!!

Seams Inspired said...

One of my favorites! :o) The second verse is my very favorite. I love the image it conjures up for me...The holly bears a blossom
As white as lily flower
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To be our sweet Saviour

Thanks for the beautiful poem and culture this Tuesday morning. We're freezing our Tookus' off...it's 14F in the Upstate of SC! Happy Tuesday! :o)

Susan Fields said...

Beautiful poem and pictures - a great start to a chilly Tuesday!

Tabor said...

My pyracantha berries are disappearing so fast that none will make it inside for decorations I am afraid. At least the birdies are happy.

Out on the prairie said...

Lovely song for you to sing.I had almost forgotten about it.

Leah J. Utas said...

Great pics. Good way to start the day.

HulaBuns said...

Wonderful poem and pictures. Thanks for giving inspiration always! :)

Jules said...

WOW, that was a warm thought I needed on this sub-zero morn :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Parsley said...

Nice.

My Big Secret Blog :) said...

:) :) This is happy! I like the first photograph a lot!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Those are beautiful photos.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

Our church pianist sang that song last year and I still get it stuck in my head. I don't even know the words other than "the holly and the ivy."

Leanne said...

Oh, Betty, you have such a lovely singing voice! I so enjoyed that rendition!!! (As you can imagine, I sang along with you! Crazy blog lady! . . . that's me . . . and you.) ;) LOVE the pics.

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

I love the song. Incidentally, a group of friends call themselves Hollies and Ivy choir. Ivy happens to be the name of the conductor herself.
Happy Hols to you and your family.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

I like ivy- we have some around where we live- maybe I should plant some in my garden!
Have a great day!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Very nice, Betty!

Brian said...

Very pretty! I really think holly is beautiful!

Baby Sister said...

Lovely!! The pictures are beautiful. Thanks for that Betty. :)

Old Kitty said...

I think ivy is just as pretty as holly!! :-) Thanks for a sweet and very chrismassy poem!! Take care
x

Short Poems said...

Lovely poem and beautiful pictures!

faye said...

A lovely poem and such
fantastic photos..
Those holly berries wouldn't last long with all the birds on the
trail.
Happy happy holly days !!

Ann said...

That was the perfect choice for today. Loved it and the pictures.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

This took me back to my schooldays,
Thanks for sharing.
Yvonne.

Ally said...

Beautiful words and beautiful images as always. Hope you're well, Betty.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Holly and ivy are very pretty together, and separately. xo

Lin said...

I have a recording of that song sung by Natalie Cole and gees, is it beautiful. Love that song this time of year.

Velvet Over Steel said...

What a nice poem, Betty!! Very pretty!!

Jimmy said...

Nice Betty, I did enjoy :)

ds said...

Lovely; thank you.

Catherine said...

Ivy is one of my favorite plants!
xo Catherine

Marlene said...

So pretty. (I'll admit, I skipped past the poetry part and went straight to the pictures. Heck, at least I'm honest, eh? I'm such a kid.)

Entre Nous said...

Oh I simply adore holly. My daughter had a paper route when she was young. - You know, the one where she's going to make a million dollars delivering seventy million papers, and Mom has to get up at 3 AM to drive her around?! - One morning while waiting in the car, while she ran the half mile in the snow up a long drive in the woods, I realized she had been gone far too long. She finally appeared, covered in snow, which would subsequently melt and soak her to the bone, hair all askew, but with a gorgeous handful of holly. She had seen it off in the woods and went after it. Ever since we have had fresh holly at Christmas. This year my son had to buy two plants, as we are in the city. But darn if we don't have holly!!

Merry Christmas!