Holly Song

Holly Song.

Care is but a broken bubble,
Trill the carol, troll the catch,
Sooth, we’ll cry, “A truce to trouble!”
Mirth and mistletoe shall match.

Happy folly! We’ll be jolly!
Who’d be melancholy now?
With a “Hey, the holly! Ho, the holly!”
Polly hangs the holly bough.

Laughter lurking in the eye, sir,
Pleasure foots it frisk and free,
He who frowns or looks awry, sir,
Faith, a witless wight is he!

Merry folly! What a volley
Greets the hanging of the bough!
With a “Hey, the holly! Ho, the holly!”
Who’d be melancholy now?

— Clinton Scollard in Century Magazine.

Beaver Falls Tribune (Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania) Dec 19, 1912

Appleton Post Crescent (Appleton, Wisconsin) Dec 9, 1921

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