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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Rare as a blue rose.
  Rare as a snowbird in hell.
  Rare as a sunflower in the desert.
  Rare as venison in a poor man’s kitchen.
  Rare as a winter swallow.
            —Honoré de Balzac
  As rare almost as hedge-rows in the wild.
            —William Cowper
  Rare as an Albino in Africa.
            —W. R. Hereford
  As rare to see the Sunne with-out a light, as a fayre woeman with-out a lover.
            —John Lyly
  As rare as wings upon a cat, or flowers of air, a rabbit’s horns, or ropes of tortoise-hair.
  Rare as a comet.
            —James Ralph
  Rare as a play that does not yawn you, or a woman that does not deceive you.
            —Charles Reade
  Rarer than a phœnix.
            —Agnes Repplier
  Rare to be found as black swans.
            —Daniel Roger (Matrimoniall Honour, 1642)
  Rare as the stars upon a clouded night.
            —Louise Morgan Sill
  Rare as a dodo.
            —Robert Louis Stevenson
  Like snow at Midsummer, exceeding rare.
            —John Taylor
  Rare as Homers and Miltons, rare as Platos and Newtons.
            —Edwin P. Whipple
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