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Pirie’s Chair

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“The lowest seat hell.” “If you do not mend your ways, you will be sent to Pirie’s chair, the lowest seat of hell.”

“In Pirie’s chair youʹll sit, I say,

The lowest seat hell;

If ye do not amend your ways,

It’s there that ye must dwell.”


Child’s English and Scottish Ballads: The Courteous Knight.

⁂ Pirrie or pyrrie means a sudden storm at sea (Scotch pirr). “They were driven back by storme of winde and pyrries of the sea.” (North: Plutarch, p. 355.)

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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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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
Pitch
Pitch and Pay