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As I was going to St Ives

Summary
"As I was going to St Ives" (Roud 19772) is a traditional English-language nursery rhyme in the form of a riddle. The most common modern version is: : As I was going to St. Ives, : I met a man with seven wives, : Each wife had seven sacks, : Each sack had seven cats, : Each cat had seven kits: : Kits, cats, sacks, and wives, : How many were there going to St. Ives? Origins The following version is found in a manuscript (Harley MS 7316) dating from approximately 1730: : As I went to St Ives : I met Nine Wives : And every Wife had nine Sacs, : And every Sac had nine Cats : And every Cat had nine Kittens A version very similar to that accepted today was published in the Weekly Magazine of August 4, 1779: : As I was going to St. Ives, : Upon the road I met seven wives; : Every wife had seven sacks, : Every sack had seven cats, : Every cat had seven kits: : Kits, cats, sacks, and wives, : How many were going to St. Ives? The earliest known published ve
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