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One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (nursery rhyme)

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For the novel with the same name see: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe is a nursery rhyme referenced in the novel with the same name.

The rhyme:

One, two,
Buckle my shoe;
Three, four,
Knock at the door;
Five, six,
Pick up sticks;
Seven, eight,
Lay them straight:
Nine, ten,
A big fat hen;
Eleven, twelve,
Dig and delve;
Thirteen, fourteen,
Maids a-courting;
Fifteen, sixteen,
Maids in the kitchen;
Seventeen, eighteen,
Maids a-waiting
Nineteen, twenty,
My plate's empty.

Agatha Christie's version of the rhyme has the variation

"Eleven, twelve,
men must delve".

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