One I Love, Two I Love

DESCRIPTION: Counting rhyme, usually for counting seeds or flower petals: "One I love, two I love, Three I love, I say. Four I love with all my heart, Five I cast away." And so forth, with different actions up to twelve or higher
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1883 (Newell, according to Opie-Oxford2)
KEYWORDS: nonballad love
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Opie-Oxford2 382, "One I love, two I love" (1 text)
Newell, #44, "Counting Apple-seeds" 1 text)
Welsch, p. 270, "(no title)" (1 short text)
Garland--NZ, p. 270, "(One I love, two I love, three I love, I say)" (1 short text, possibly derived from this)

Counting Appleseeds
NOTES [45 words]: Jean Ritchie appears to have combined this with the lyrics of "I Love my Love (II)" to produce her song "One I Love." I am not sure this counting rhyme exists as a song on its own, but the connection to the Ritchie song was (just barely) enough reason to include it. - RBW
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File: OOx382

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