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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleIvy green
Roud No.2662
Collected FromPeer, Albert
LocationCrudwell
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 376
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

A dainty plant is the ivy green
That creepeth o'er ruins of old,
A right choice food are the meals, I ween,
In a cell so lone and cold;
The walls must be crumbled, the stones decayed,
To pleasure its dainty whim,
And the most mouldering dust the years have made
Is a merry meal for him.

Chorus

Creeping where no life is seen,
A rare old plant is the ivy green.
Creeping where no life is seen,
A rare old plant is the ivy green.

Verse 2

How fast it travelleth, tough it hath no wings!
But a staunch old heart hath he.
How closely it twineth! how tightly it clings
To its friends the old oak tree!
How slowly it travelleth along the ground!
And its leaves they gently wave,
As it joyously hugs and crawleth round
The rich mould of a dead man's grave.

Chorus

Verse 3

Old ages have fled, and works decayed,
And nations have scattered been,
But that stout old ivy never shall fade
From its hale and hearty green.
That stout old plant in its lonely days
Shall fatten upon the past,
And the most stately building that man can raise
Is the ivy's food at last.
 
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