I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In)

Work Name: I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In)
Composer/Origin: Traditional
Composed/Published/1st Appeared: 1833 
Piece Style/Time Period: Christmas Carol
Summery: “I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In)” is a traditional and popular Christmas carol from England. The earliest printed version of “I Saw Three Ships” is from the 17th century, possibly Derbyshire, and was also published by William Sandys in 1833.

The lyrics mention the ships sailing into Bethlehem, but the nearest body of water is the Dead Sea about 20 miles (32 km) away. The reference to three ships is thought to originate in the three ships that bore the purported relics of the Biblical magi to Cologne Cathedral in the 12th century. Another possible reference is to Wenceslaus II, King of Bohemia, who bore a coat of arms “Azure three galleys argent”. Another suggestion is that the ships are actually the camels used by the Magi, as camels are frequently referred to as “ships of the desert”.

Lyrics: I Saw Three Ships

I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day in the morning

And what was in those ships all three
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day
And what was in those ships all three
On Christmas Day in the morning

Our saviour, Christ and his lady
On Christmas Day, On Christmas Day
Our saviour, Christ and his lady
On Christmas Day in the morning
Pray, whither sailed those ships all three
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day
Pray, whither sailed those ships all three
On Christmas Day in the morning

Oh, they sail into Bethlehem
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day
Oh, they sail into Bethlehem
On Christmas Day in the morning

And all the bells on earth shall ring
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day
And all the bells on earth shall ring
On Christmas Day in the morning
And all the angels in heaven shall sing
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day
And all the angels in heaven shall sing
On Christmas Day in the morning

And all the souls on earth shall sing
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day
And all the souls on earth shall sing
On Christmas Day in the morning

Then let us all rejoice amen
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day
Then let us all rejoice amen
On Christmas Day in the morning


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Traditional: Mixed Chorus Arrangement for Full Chorus and Orchestra Organ Arrangement
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