This is used as a counting-out rhyme and a jump-rope rhyme.

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Here's a version from "The Counting-out Rhymes of Children" by Henry Carrington Bolton (1888)...

As I was walking down the lake,
I met a little rattlesnake.
I gave him so much jelly-cake,
It made his little belly ache;
One, two, three, out goes she!

Variation from "What They Say in New England: A Book of Signs, Sayings, and Superstitions" by Clifton Johnson:

As I went up Salt Lake,
I met a little rattlesnake.
He e't so much of ginger cake,
It made his little belly ache.



Read by Mama Lisa.

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