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I saw three ships

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1976
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Various suggestions have been advanced for the meaning of the ‘three ships’ in this much-loved carol. One is the legend of three ships bringing the remains of the wise men to Cologne Cathedral. The tune and words seem to have been familiar from the late Middle Ages, and were first printed together in a collection of Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern, published by the antiquarian William Sandys in 1833. Sandys’s extensive research and writings contributed to the renewal and reinvigoration of the celebration of Christmas in the mid-nineteenth century. Philip Ledger’s sprightly arrangement for unaccompanied chorus dates from 1976.

from notes by John Heighway © 2019

Recordings

A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols - The Centenary Service
Studio Master: KGS0036-DDownload only NEWStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Christmas at St George's Windsor
Studio Master: CDA68281Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
100 Years of Nine Lessons & Carols
Studio Master: KGS0033-DDownload onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
A Christmas Caroll from Westminster Abbey
CDA67716
A Very English Christmas
Studio Master: SIGCD902Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Adeste fideles
Studio Master: SIGCD460Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Christmas carols from Village Green to Church Choir
SIGCD387Download only
Christmas with St John's
Studio Master: SIGCD458Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Favourite Carols from King's
Studio Master: KGS0007Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Journey into light
Studio Master: SIGCD269Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
The Carols Album
Studio Master: SIGCD108Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 16 on CDA68281 [1'29]
Track 9 on KGS0036-D [2'15] Download only NEW
Track 14 on CDA67716 [1'39]
Track 17 on KGS0007 [2'06] Download only
Track 6 on KGS0033-D CD1 [1'50] Download only
Track 12 on KGS0033-D CD2 [2'02] Download only
Track 25 on SIGCD108 [1'47] Download only
Track 11 on SIGCD269 [2'03] Download only
Track 5 on SIGCD387 [2'12] Download only
Track 12 on SIGCD458 [2'00] Download only
Track 14 on SIGCD460 [1'39] Download only
Track 1 on SIGCD902 [2'05] Download only

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