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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Joseph Hall
  Chaste as a veiled nun.  1
  Leers like Æsop’s fox upon a crane whose neck he craves for his chirurgian.  2
  Recreation is intended to the mind, as whetting is to the scythe; to sharpen the edge of it, which otherwise would grow dull and blunt. He, therefore, that spends his whole time in recreation, is ever whetting, never mowing: his grass may grow, and his steed starve. As, contrarily, he, that always toils and never recreates, is ever mowing, never whetting; labouring much to little purpose: as good no scythe, as no edge. Then only doth the work go forward, when the scythe is so seasonably and moderately whetted, that it may cut; and so cuts, that it may have the help of sharpening. I would also so interchange, that I neither be dull with work, nor idle and wanton with recreation.  3
  Soft as is the falling thistle downe.  4
  His tongue, like the tail of Samson’s foxes, carries firebrands, and is enough to set the whole field of the world on a flame.  5

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