Counting Rhyme

One for sorrow, two for mirth,
Three for a wedding, four for a birth,
Five for silver, six for gold,
Seven for a secret not to be told.
Eight for heaven, nine for hell,
And ten for the devil’s own sel’.

M. A. Denham                                                         
Proverbs and Popular Saying of the Seasons
(London, 1846)

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