Iona and Peter Opie noted that the rhyme had been used in this form from at least the first decade of the twentieth century. A verse collected from Aberdeen, Scotland and published in 1868 had the words:
^ abI. Opie and P. Opie, Children's games with things: marbles, fivestones, throwing and catching, gambling, hopscotch, chucking and pitching, ball-bouncing, skipping, tops and tipcat (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997), p. 180.
^I. Opie and P. Opie, The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (Oxford University Press, 1951, 2nd edn., 1997), pp. 333-4.