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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Anthonie Fletcher (Certain Very Proper and Profitable Similes, 1595)
  An arrogant person, is like unto a goodly tall tree, that groweth and mounteth very high, but bringeth forth no fruit.  1
  A rustinesse consumeth iron: So envie consumeth the envious man.  2
  An hypocrite is like unto an apple, that is very faire and beautiful without, but within is corrupted and rotten.  3
  As feathers do lift up, and carry high, the foules and birds of the aire: So the riches and dignities of this world, are wont to extol and carry men, into the air and clouds of vanitie.  4
  As organ plaiers, vnlesse some body blowe vnto them the windie bellowes, do make no sound at all: Euen so, vaine men, vnless they be pricked forward, with commendations and praises of others, haue neuer any minde, or purpose to lend themselves to any good action.  5

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