Es kommt ein Schiff, geladen

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"Es kommt ein Schiff, geladen"
Advent song
Es kommt ein Schiff, geladen (1608).jpg
"Uns kompt ein Schiff gefahren", Andernacher Gesangbuch, Cologne 1608, oldest evidence of the song
Writtenbefore 1450
TextJohannes Tauler?
Published1608 (1608)

"Es kommt ein Schiff, geladen" ("A ship is coming laden"), is an Advent season chorale and Marian Hymn. It is one of the oldest religious songs of German origin.


2007 replica of a 1380 Bremen cog

The oldest existing text source is a manuscript dated before 1450. It was found in the Strasbourg Dominican convent of St. Nicolaus in undis. Due to the fact that the mystic Johannes Tauler visited this convent frequently, the lyrics of this song are attributed to him. Reference is the word "enphohet" (received) which is characteristically used by Tauler very often.[1]

The lyrics are typical for the allegory in the Middle Ages as a vital element in the synthesis of biblical and classical traditions. Biblical motifs compare the pregnant Virgin Mary with a loaded entering ship. The ship is set in motion under sail (correspondent to love) and mast (correspondent to the Holy Spirit).[2]

The oldest source of the melody is included in Andernacher Hymns (1608). The song is found there in bilingual text under the title Vns kompt ein Schiff gefahren as well as the Latin En nauis institoris.


Musical setting[edit]

Max Reger quotes the tune in his organ pieces Sieben Stücke, Op. 145.


  1. ^ Verse 5: So wer das kint wilt kussen // for sinen roten munt // der enphohet groessen glusten // von im zu der selber stunt. (Becker, Hansjakob (2001). Geistliches Wunderhorn: Große deutsche Kirchenlieder. C. H. Beck. p. 62. ISBN 978-3-406-48094-2. Retrieved 14 September 2012.)
  2. ^ (Becker, Hansjakob (2001). Geistliches Wunderhorn: Große deutsche Kirchenlieder. C. H. Beck. pp. 60ff. ISBN 978-3-406-48094-2. Retrieved 14 September 2012.)
  3. ^ Lyrics according to: Evangelisches Gesangbuch, Ausgabe für die Evangelisch-Lutherischen Kirchen in Bayern und Thüringen. 2nd edition. Evangelischer Presseverband für Bayern, München 1995, ISBN 3-583-12100-7, p. 40.
  4. ^ Liederlexikon
  5. ^ "There Comes a Galley Laden", Christ in Song (1871), p. 52
  6. ^ Schaff, Philip. "There comes a Galley Laden", Ichthus Christ in Song, Anson D.F.Randolph & Company, New York. 1870

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