Preserving the Good – 31 Christmas Carols/I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In

I learned something as I composed this post…camels are known as the ‘ships of the desert.’ The song refers to the wise men and their camels.

WISE MEN STILL SEEK HIM. 

Adoration of the Magi – Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1655-60)

I SAW THREE SHIPS COME SAILING IN by William Sandys (1833)

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?

The Virgin Mary and Christ were there
on Christmas Day, on Christmas Day.
The virgin Mary and Christ were there
on Christmas Day in the morning.