The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Sunny Bank

For Christmas Day

Version 5

Words and Music: English Traditional

Source: G. Walters, A Good Christmas Box (Dudley: G. Walters, 1847, Reprinted by Michael Raven, 2007), p. 25.

1. As I sat on a sunny bank,
A sunny bank, a sunny bank,
As I sat on a sunny bank
On Christmas Day in the morning.

2. I spy'd three ships come sailing by,
Come sailing by, come sailing by,
I spy'd three ships come sailing by
On Christmas Day in the morning.

3. And who should be with these three ships,
With these three ships, with these three ships,,
And who should be with these three ships,
But Joseph and his fair lady.

4. O he did whistle and she did sing,
And all the bells on earth did ring
For joy, that our Saviour he was born
On Christmas Day in the morning.

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