Come Buy My Nice Fresh Ivy

Come, buy my nice fresh ivy, and my holly sprigs so green.
I have the finest branches that ever yet were seen.
Come buy from me, good Christians, and let me home, I pray,
That God will bless your Christmas and a happy New Year’s Day
Ah, won’t you buy my ivy? It’s the loveliest I’ve seen.
Ah, won’t you buy my holly? Oh you who love the green.
Do take a little branch of each, and on my knees I’ll pray
That God will bless your Christmas and a happy New Year’s Day.

 

Like many traditional or older pieces a number of versions of the lyrics exist. For example:

 

Come buy my nice fresh ivy,
And my holly boughts so green,
I have the fairest branches,
That ever yet were seen.
Come buy from me good Christians,
And let me home I pray,
And I’ll wish you a merry Christmas time,
And a happy New Year’s Day.
Ah! won’t you take my ivy?
The lovliest ever seen,
Ah! won’t you have my holly boughts?
All you that love the Green.
Do! take a little bunch of each
And on my knees I’ll pray,
That God may bless your Christmas
And be with you New Year’s Day.

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