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I SAW THREE SHIPS

 

(autore anonimo XVII sec)

 

Canto inglese risalente al 1600, molto popolare per il testo scorrevole e ripetitivo.

La navigazione delle tre navi si riferisce alla leggenda medievale del trasporto delle reliquie dei tre magi in Germania.

Nel tempo ai Magi si sostituita la Sacra Famiglia. Di paese in paese la canzone si arricchita di strofe e numerose varianti

 

Ho visto arrivare tre navi a vela
il giorno di Natale, di mattina.

E cosa cera nelle tre navi?
Cristo, nostro Salvatore e la sua signora.


Vi prego, dite, verso dove navigavano le tre navi? Navigavano verso Betlemme.

 

E tutte le campane della Terra risuoneranno,
tutti gli angeli in Cielo canteranno,
tutte le anime sulla Terra canteranno.

Quindi, rallegriamoci ancora

il giorno di Natale, di mattina.

 

 

 

 

 

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 Savior Christ and His lady,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day;
Our Savior 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?

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 Heav'n shall sing,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day;
And all the angels in Heav'n 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 again,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day;
Then let us rejoice again,
On Christmas day in the morning