And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
“I Saw Three Ships” first shows up in 1833 in William Sandys’ Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern, published in London, England.
It is a simple song doesn’t really tell any story at all. The three ships are never really explained, although some have said that they are the camels the Magi are depicted as riding – camels being the “ship of the desert.” But stanza three says that it is “Christ and his lady” who are traveling on the ships.
Christmas Moments II is a series on the True Man Podcast.
On each episode in the series, Ed Blonski shares a devotional story about a Christmas song. You’ll then hear an original arrangement by Richard Souther.
The stories come from the book Christmas Moments II – An Epic Journey of Biblical Proportion. You can purchase a paperback copy here (and you’ll get a Kindle version for free!).