The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

I Saw Three Ships

For Christmas Day

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Words and Tune Traditional as sung 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 heaven shall sing
In heaven shall sing, in heaven shall sing,
And all the angels in heaven shall sing
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Sheet Music from Martin Shaw and Percy Dearmer, The English Carol Book, Second Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd., 1919), Carol #41

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