Comparative Lyrics

Holly, Ivy and Rose

Tuesday 16 August 2011, by Cécile Desbrun

"Holly, Ivy and Rose" from Tori’s seasonal record Midwinter Graces is a mixture of two well-known carols: "Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming" and "The Holly and the Ivy." As most of the carol covers on the album, Tori changed and added some of the lyrics and music.

Here, you can compare Tori’s version with the lyrics of the two carols. For better appreciation, I used different colors.
Black: the lyrics are the same as the original carol
[orange fonce]Orange:[/orange fonce] The lyrics are a reformulation of the original carol (same meaning)
[rouge]Red:[/rouge] Tori’s additional lyrics

I reported these colours on the two carols lyrics as well. In this case, the lyrics in red are the ones that have been left out in Tori’s version.

Holly, Ivy and Rose

Lo! how a Rose e’er blooming,
from tender stem hath sprung
Of Jesse’s lineage coming
[orange fonce]by ancient sibyls sung[/orange fonce]

[orange fonce]A rose doth bear a flower
all in the cold[/orange fonce] [rouge]midwinter[/rouge]
[orange fonce]and at the midnight hour[/orange fonce]

[rouge]He waits for her to find
The love she left behind
He prays she’ll find her way
To be his bride some day[/rouge]

[rouge]Ivy[/rouge], of all the trees in the wood,
Holly [rouge]warms the Rose[/rouge]
Holly and the Ivy
when they are both full grown
of all the trees in the wood
Holly bears the crown
Holly and the Ivy
The running of the deer
[rouge]For his Rose to bloom
Holly waits every year[/rouge]

[rouge]And he waits for her to find
the heart she left behind
He prays she’ll find her way
to be his bride some day[/rouge]

Lo! how a Rose e’er blooming,
from tender stem hath sprung
[orange fonce]The frozen air perfuming
that tiny bloom doth swell
It’s rays the night illuming
the darkness quite dispel[/orange fonce]

[rouge]Oh flower beyond compare,
Bloom in our hearts midwinter
Restore the springtime here[/rouge]

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming (Baker’s English version)

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming,
From tender stem hath sprung!
From Jesse’s lineage coming,
[orange fonce]As men of old have sung.[/orange fonce]

[orange fonce]It came, a floweret bright,
Amid the cold of[/orange fonce] [rouge]winter[/rouge]
[orange fonce]When half spent was the night[/orange fonce]

[rouge]Isaiah ’twas foretold it,
The Rose I have in mind
With Mary we behold it,
The Virgin mother kind

To show God’s love aright,
She bore to us a Savior
When half spent was the night

The shepherds heard the story
Proclaimed by angels bright,
How Christ, the Lord of Glory
Was born on earth this night.

To Bethlehem they sped
And in the manger they found him,
As angels heralds said.[/rouge]

[orange fonce]This Flower, whose fragrance tender
With sweetness fills the air,
Dispels with glorious splendor
The darkness everywhere;[/orange fonce]

[rouge]True man, yet very God,
From Sin and death he saves us,
And lightens every load.[/rouge]

The Holly and the Ivy

The holly and the ivy, when they are both full grown,
Of all the trees [rouge]that are[/rouge] in the wood, [rouge]the[/rouge] holly bears the crown.

Chorus:
[rouge]Oh, the rising of the sun and[/rouge] the running of the deer,
[rouge]The playing of the merry organ, sweet singing in the choir.[/rouge]

[rouge]The holly bears a blossom as white as lily flower,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ to be our sweet saviour[/rouge]

Chorus

[rouge]The holly bears a berry as red as any blood,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ to do poor sinners good.[/rouge]

Chorus

[rouge]The holly bears a prickle as sharp as any thorn,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ on Christmas Day in the morn.[/rouge]

Chorus

[rouge]The holly bears a bark as bitter as any gall,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ for to redeem us all.[/rouge]

Chorus