A TERNARY OF LITTLES, UPON A PIPKIN|
OF JELLY SENT TO A LADY.
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 litle 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.
Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol II.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 59-60.
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