As I was Going to St. Ives

By Anonymous Anonymous
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? 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes
(Oxford University Press, 1997)

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