As the title, I couldn't figured out anything by myself from this sentence

His smile fair as spring, as towards him he draws you.

Especially "fair as spring", seems my first time to see the combination like this, I looked up "fair" in dictionary.com to see the list of meanings, this way usually can solve my question, but not this time

Can anyone give a clue about "fair as spring"? will be the best if another clue relating to second part of the sentence :P

Thank you very much

Its referenced in a game "The Witcher 3" mirror master song btw, hearts of stone is a wonderful DLC

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  • The definitions you have found should be included, together with a comment on which you think more or less likely to be appropriate here. – Edwin Ashworth Jan 12 '18 at 15:41
  • Because he is a guy, so I thought it’s wrong to express beautiful here, and he is also a businessman, made me think “fair” is means “No cheating” here, but confused with “as spring” – cocoa Jan 12 '18 at 15:47
  • The simile is 'as fair as spring'. Not all that common, perhaps, but a fair number of hits on Google. These really mandate that 's/Spring' here is the season. And most of them force the 'beautiful / delightful' reading. – Edwin Ashworth Jan 12 '18 at 16:01
  • @EdwinAshworth thanks, so does “as fair as moon” has same meaning? -> beautiful like the moon – cocoa Jan 12 '18 at 16:08
  • 'As fair as the moon'. Yes; you might like to read Kathryn Armstrong's commentary on this. – Edwin Ashworth Jan 12 '18 at 16:16

Fair, in this case, means beautiful:

fair adjective (BEAUTIFUL)

old use or literary (of a woman) beautiful:

  • a fair maiden

Cambridge Dictionary

Cambridge implies that this meaning can only be used for a woman, but I see no reason why it cannot be used for a handsome man (or his smile):

Mourn all ye Loves, the fair Adonis dyes.

The First Edilium of Bion English'd by the Right Honourable the Earl of Winchilsea

Of course, we cannot forget Shakespeare:

The fair Ophelia!—Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remembered.

Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1

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    I should start reading phrases of Shakespeare – cocoa Jan 12 '18 at 15:47

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