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I saw three ships come sailing in


Sir. John Stainer




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,

Our Saviour Christ and His lady,

Pray whither sailed those ships all three,

O they sailed into Bethlehem,

And all the bells on earth shall ring,

And all the angels in Heav'n shall sing,

And all the souls on Earth shall sing,

Then let us all rejoice amain,


I saw three ships - arr Stainer

Created 15-Sep-08 Revised 20-Apr-09

I saw three ships - arranged by Simon Preston

I Saw Three Ships is a traditional and popular Christmas carol from England. It is often regarded as a children's song, due to the simplicity and repetitiveness of its lyrics. Some sources assert that this song is "an upbeat variant of Greensleeves", which has a similar meter. The earliest printed version is from the 17th century, possibly Derbyshire.

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