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 Soft Fire makes Sweet Malt (A).Softly. 
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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