Congregational Song | Choral | VocalSolos | Children | Instrumental | Handbell | Organ & Keyboard | Video

   

 

 
 

I Saw Three Ships

Composer Lucille Reilly Text Traditional
Voicing SATB and hammered dulcimer
Topics Christmas
Length 2' 50" Price $1.75 (U.S.) Released 6/98
Catalog no. 405-264 Difficulty Moderately easy
Order now!
Other Editions Dulcimer Part--405-265 Price $5 (U.S.)
Order Dulcimer Part

Download a review copy of this anthem

Review
"First of all, this is NOT a setting of the English melody, which dates from Shakespeare's time, but is an Appalachian carol of great charm. Lucille [Reilly]'s arrangement combines a lot of unison and two-part writing, with the hammered dulcimer providing a dance-like background. Definitely worth a look." --Philip Brunelle, The American Organist, December 1999

Description
For a change of pace this Christmas, try this delightful setting of an Appalachian folk carol (not the familiar English tune) for SATB and hammered dulcimer. The vocal parts are straightforward, and, if a dulcimator is not available, the accompaniment is playable on piano, or even better, on an electronic keyboard with guitar- or harp-like sounds.

Anthem text
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 Mother Mary and her Baby on Christmas Day, on Christmas Day.
He sat and smiled on her knee on Christmas Day, on Christmas Day.
He sat and smiled on her knee on Christmas Day in the morning.
Blessed be God likewise his Son on Christmas Day, on Christmas Day,
Blessed be God likewise his Son on Christmas Day in the morning.

Thus did she sing the whole day long on Christmas Day, on Christmas Day,
Thus did she sing the whole day long on Christmas Day in the morning.
And all the bells on earth did ring on Christmas Day, on Christmas Day,
And all the bells on earth did ring on Christmas Day in the morning.

And all the angels in heav'n did sing on Christmas Day, on Christmas Day,
And all the angels in heav'n did sing on Christmas Day in the morning!

-Appalachian carol

 

Download a Review copy of this anthem
A .pdf (Portable Document Format) file of this publication may be downloaded so that you may review it on your computer screen or print it out and review it at your leisure (this requires that you have a copy of Adobe® Acrobat Reader® on your computer). Click on the music below or on this link to download the entire score (of course, this is for review only, and may not be copied in any form), or get your copy of the free program Acrobat Reader by clicking on the logo below.

 

Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Please e-mail us your thoughts.

Home
What's New | Music in Worship | About Selah | Composers & Authors | Licensing
Customer Service | Ordering

© 2017 Selah Publishing Co., Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa., 15227.