One Two Three Four, Mary at the Cottage Door
DESCRIPTION: "One, two, three, four, Mary at the cottage door, Five, six, seven, eight, Eating cherries off a plate." Continuations vary: O-U-T spells out." "Fish, fish, in the dish, how many fishes do you wish?" "Out goes the rat, out goes the cat...."
EARLIEST DATE: 1970 (Carey)
KEYWORDS: playparty wordplay food
FOUND IN: US(MA)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Opie-Oxford2 387, "One, Two, Three, Four" (1 text)
Carey-MarylandFolkloreLife, p. 77, "(no title)" (1 text)
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