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Pippa Passes

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A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. Some casual influence has dropped good seed, which has taken root and beareth fruit to perfection. The words are the title of a dramatic poem by Robert Browning. Pippa is a chaste-minded, light-hearted peasant maiden, who resolves to enjoy New Year’s Day, her only holiday. Various groups of persons overhear her as she passes-by singing her innocent ditties, and some of her stray words, falling into their hearts, act with secret but sure influence for good. (1842.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Pip
Pipe
Pipe Rolls or Great Rolls of the Pipe
Pipe of Peace
Pipeclay
Pipelet
Piper
Piper that Played before Moses (By the)
Piper’s News or Hawker’s News, Fiddler’s News
Piping Hot
Pippa Passes
Piræus
Pirie’s Chair
Pirithoös
Pis-aller (French)
Pisanio
Piso’s Justice
Pistol
Pistols
Pistris, Pistrix, Pristis, or Pristrix
Pit-a-pat