The lyrics of this nursery rhyme have no origins in history

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One two buckle my shoe: lyrics

Origins of the lyrics to this nursery rhyme
These nursery rhyme lyrics have no direct connection with any events in history - it is an educational rhyme and has no other origins. Devised as a pleasurable and fun way to teach children how to count using different imagery to fire a child's imagination.

 
 

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 in waiting
Nineteen, twenty, my plates empty

One two buckle my shoe rhyme: no origins in history