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I Saw a Ship a-Sailing, an Illustrated, Singable Rhyme

Posted on: April 8, 2017

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I saw a ship a-sailing Domanska, Janina
I Saw a Ship a-Sailing
Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Illustrated by Janina Domanska

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I Saw a Ship a-Sailing for SBWE song sheet ELEG 2
I Saw a Ship (Long Version for SBWE)
Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme
Tune, Arrangement, and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
I Saw a Ship a-Sailing for SBWE song sheet ELEG 2

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Sing this rhyme with Emily, here:

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SIMPLE VERSION OF SONG SHEET

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I Saw a Ship SBWE simple w chords
I Saw a Ship (Simple Version for SBWE w chords)
Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme
Tune, Arrangement, and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
I Saw a Ship SBWE simple w chords

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Sing this rhyme with Emily, here:

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I Saw a Ship SBWE simple no chords

I Saw a Ship (Simple Version for SBWE no chords)
Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme
Tune, Arrangement, and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
I Saw a Ship SBWE simple no chords

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Sing this rhyme with Emily, here:

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I SAW A SHIP A-SAILING (for SBWE)
Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme (as printed in illustration by Janina Domanska)

I saw a ship a-sailing
A-sailing on the sea
And it was full of pretty things
For you and for me

There were sweetmeats in the cabin
And apples in the hold
The sails were made of silk
And the masts were made of gold

The four-and-twenty sailors
The stood upon the decks
Were four-and-twenty white mice
With chains around their necks

The captain was a duck
With a packet on his back
And when the ship began to move
The captain called, “Quack, quack!”

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Sing this rhyme with Emily, here:

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I Saw a Ship a-Sailing for SBWE song sheet ELEG 2
I Saw a Ship (Long Version for SBWE)
Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme
Tune, Arrangement, and Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this songsheet, click here:
I Saw a Ship a-Sailing for SBWE song sheet ELEG 2

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Sing this rhyme with Emily, here:

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I SAW A SHIP A-SAILING (Short Version for SBWE)
Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme
Tune and Chords by ELEG for SBWE

C                        Am
I saw a ship a-sailing

G                     C
A-sailing on the sea

Am                   C
And, oh! It was all laden

Am                        C
With pretty things for thee!

 

Am                   C
There were comfits in the cabin

G                      C
And apples in the hold

Am                       C
The sails were all of silk

G                                   C
And the masts were made of gold

Sing this rhyme with Emily, here:

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This rhyme is featured in:

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i saw a ship beni montresor - Copy
I Saw a Ship a-Sailing
Illustrated by Beni Montresor

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my first book of poems tarrant
My First Book of Poems
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Margaret Tarrant

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NOTES

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This rhyme/song is also called THE FAIRY SHIP

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I’ve collected up the images for I SAW A SHIP/FAIRY SHIP that I’ve found online so far in a board on Pinterest:
https://www.pinterest.com/singbooksemily/i-saw-a-ship-a-sailing-the-fairy-ship/

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Here is a link to Walter Crane’s 1860 illustration of THE FAIRY SHIP on Archive.org:
https://archive.org/details/fairyship00cran

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A beautiful illustration for THE FAIRY SHIP also by Paul Woodroffe in his collection “Nursery Songs” (1907)
“Nursery Songs” (1907) illustrated by Paul Woodroffe, via the Met

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MOTHER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES: SING BOOKS WITH EMILY SONGBOOK SERIES (SBWE SBS)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/11/21/sing-books-with-emily-songbook-series-mother-goose-nursery-rhymes/

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MOTHER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES FOR SBWE
A compilation of Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme titles linked to posts about the rhymes so you can learn more and sing along
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/nursery-rhymes-and-mother-goose-for-sbwe/

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYMES – INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED
Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes with Individually Illustrated Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/mother-goose-and-nursery-rhymes-with-individually-illustrated-singable-picture-books/

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYME COMPILATIONS

A list containing compilations of Mother Goose and Nursery Rhyme Singable Picture Books, including links and resources for learning, singing, and playing the tunes
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/mother-goose-singable-picture-books-rhymes-and-songs-in-compilations/

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SONGS BY EMILY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songs-by-emily/

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