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What is the complete nursery rhyme beginning with "Rub-a-Dub-Dub"?

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There are three versions of the "Rub-a-Dub-Dub" nursery rhyme, but the most well-known version is, "Rub-a-dub-dub, Three men in a tub, And who do you think they be? The butcher, the baker, The candlestick-maker, turn 'em out, knaves all three.' This version comes from Halliwell's "Nursery Rhymes of England" which was first printed in 1846.

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The first recorded version of the rhyme was in 1798, and it was slightly different than the others. Instead of three men in a tub it was three maids, and instead of being knaves, they had all gone to the fair. This version most closely resembles the Mother Goose version, which is, "Rub-a-dub-dub! Three men in a tub, And who do you think they were? The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker, And all of them gone to the fair!"

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