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 Soft Fire makes Sweet Malt (A).Softly. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Soft Words Butter no Parsnips,
 
or “Fair words,” etc. Saying “Be thou fed” will not feed a hungry man. “Good words will not fill a sack.” To “butter parsnips” means also “dorer la pilule” (“soft words will not gild the pill of distress”).   1
 


 Soft Fire makes Sweet Malt (A).Softly. 

 
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