The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

I Saw Three Ships

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Words and Tune Traditional, as sun by Mr. Samuel Newman
at Downton in Wilts, when a boy.
Noted by J. H. Blunt, 1916.
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Source: Martin Shaw and Percy Dearmer, The English Carol Book, Second Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co. Ltd., 1913), Carol #41

1. I saw three ships come sailing by,
Come sailing by, come sailing by,
I saw three ships come sailing by,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

2. And who should be in those three ships,
In those three ships, in those three ships;
And who should be in those three ships
But Joseph and his Lady.

3. And he did whistle, and she did sing,
And she did sing, and she did sing;
And he did whistle, and she did sing,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

4. And all the bells on earth shall ring,
On earth shall ring, on earth shall ring;
And all the bells on earth shall ring,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

5. And all the angels in heav'n shall sing,
In heav'n shall sing, in heav'n shall sing;
And all the angels in heav'n shall sing,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

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