Anonymous Americas

(1000-1950 / United States)

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?
O they sailed into Bethlehem,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day;
O they sailed 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 amain,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day;
Then let us all rejoice amain,
On Christmas day in the morning.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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  • Veteran Poet - 4,848 Points Susan Williams (1/1/2015 4:29:00 PM)

    I enjoyed the rhythm of this. It doesn't suffer from the difference between the the author's century and ours which I imagine is partly due to the topic and partly due to skill. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 23 Points Thomas Vaughan Jones (3/18/2014 12:00:00 PM)

    I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In) is a traditional and popular Christmas carol from England. A variant of its parent tune Greensleeves, 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 (Report) Reply

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