Intery, mintery, cutery corn,
Apple seed and apple thorn;
Wire, brier, limber-lock,
Five geese in a flock,
Sit and sing by a spring,
-u-t, and in again.

From The Real Mother Goose

This rhyme has been much used for skipping to as well as for counting out. With such an active presence in children's tradition, naturally it has mutated over the years. The number of the geese change, from three up to twelve, and there is at least one alternative ending.

Here is one variation.

Intry, mintry, pepery corn,
Apple seed and apple thorn!
Wire, brier, limber lock
Three geese in a flock,
One flew east, and one flew west,
And one flew over the cuckoo's nest.

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