Dissimilitudo, is a forme of speech which compareth diverse things in a diverse qualitie.
An example of the Prophet Esay: “The oxe hath knowne his
owner, and the asse his maisters cribbe: but Israel hath not knowne,
my people hath taken no heed.” Esay.1.3.
Another of Jeremy: “The storke in the aire knoweth his appointed time, the turtle dove, the swallow and the crane, consider the time of their travell, but my people will not know the time of the Lords punishment.” Jerem.8.7.
Another of our Saviour Christ: “The foxes have holes, and the fowles of the aire have nestes, but the sonne of man hath not where to laie his head.” Luc.9.58.
The use of this figure.
Mightie in amplification.
This forme of speech is of great use and utilitie in amplification, and it is verie convenient for praise or dispraise, reprehension and confutation.
The grace of this figure how impaired.
The grace of a dissimilitude is much impaired, when the unlikenesse is verie little, or when the parts are straunge, or unaptly compared.