Sans Day Carol (Traditional)

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Editor: Edward L. Stauff (submitted 2004-05-20).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 52 kB   Copyright: Personal
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Editor: Rod Mather (submitted 2001-02-19).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 67 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Sans Day Carol
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

Published: 1929 in The Cornish Song Book (London: Reid Bros., Ltd.), p. 123.

Description: Traditional words and music from the Oxford Book of Carols, collected in Cornwall. St. Day was a Breton saint.

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Original text and translations

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1.
Now the holly bears a berry
as white as the milk,
And Mary bore Jesus,
all wrapped up in silk:
Refrain:
And Mary bore Jesus Christ
our Saviour for 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!
2.
Now the holly bears a berry
as green as the grass,
And Mary bore Jesus,
who died on the cross:
3.
Now the holly bears a berry
as black as the coal,
And Mary bore Jesus,
who died for us all:
4.
Now the holly bears a berry,
as blood is it red,
Then trust we our Saviour,
who rose from the dead: