The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
IMEV 409.5
As the holly groweth green
A Holly and Ivy carol turned into a love lyric, ascribed to Henry VIII — four cross-rhymed quatrains (abab) with a 4-line burden: ‘Grene growith the holy / So doth the iue / Thow wynter blastys blow neuer so hye / Grene growth the holy’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 210.
Author(s): Henry VIII (attrib.)
Subjects: carols, amorous
Versification: — four-line — abab, abba

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31922, ff. 37v-38
First Lines:
As the holy grouth grene
And neuer chaungyth hew…
Last Lines:
…Who hath my hart trewly
Be suere and euer shall
Attributed Author: The. kyng. H. viii. (f. 38)
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