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A TERNARIE OF LITTLES, UPON A PIPKIN OF JELLIE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: A little saint best fits a little shrine
Last Line: This little pipkin fits this little jelly.
Variant Title(s): A Ternary Of Love;a Ternary Of Littles Upon A Pipkin Of Jelly Sent To A Lady;littles
Subject(s): Love; Mnemonics


A LITTLE Saint best fits a little shrine,
A little prop best fits a little vine,
As my small cruse best fits my little wine

A little seed best fits a little soil,
A little trade best fits a little toil:
As my small jar best fits my little oil.

A little bin best fits a little bread,
A little garland fits a little head:
As my small stuff best fits my little shed.

A little hearth best fits a little fire,
A little chapel fits a little choir,
As my small bell best fits my little spire.

A little stream best fits a little boat;
A little lead best fits a little float;
As my small pipe best fits my little note.

A little meat best fits a little belly,
As sweetly, Lady, give me leave to tell ye,
This little pipkin fits this little jelly.





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