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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Gleams like a naked sword.
  Gleamed like fireflies.
  Gleamed like gold from the evening rays.
  Gleam like sunny heavens.
  Gleaming like the chamomile.
            —Arabian Nights
  Gleamed as the lightning glitters against the murky night.
            —Edwin Arnold
  Gleamed like a praying-carpet at the foot of those divinest altars.
            —Edwin Arnold
  Gleam like glass.
            —Philip James Bailey
  Gleaming like the white moonlight.
            —Philip James Bailey
  Gleaming like a flash of lightning.
            —Honoré de Balzac
  Gleamed upon the water like a bride at her looking-glass.
            —R. D. Blackmore
  Gleamed like star-motes in the milky-way.
            —Mathilde Blind
  Gleameth like a seraph sword.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Like gates of hell.
            —Robert Browning
  Gleamed like Saint Sophia’s dome when all the faithful troop to morning prayer.
            —Robert Browning
  Gleam … like the phosphor of the foam upon the shore.
            —Robert Buchanan
  Gleams, like a seraph from the sky descending.
            —Lord Byron
  Gleams like flint.
            —Madison Cawein
Like the bright rainbow on an evening stream.
            —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
                Golden gleams,
Like the bright miracles we see in dreams.
            —Julia C. R. Dorr
  Gleaming like shot silk in the sunshine.
            —Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  Gleamed like the flocks of cloudlets bright in sunny air at morn.
            —Frederick William Faber
  Gleamed … like sapphires in the mid-day hours.
            —Paul Ferroll
  Gleamed as funeral lamps in a sepulchral chamber.
            —Gustave Flaubert
  The sand … gleamed like mica dust.
            —Théphile Gautier
  Gleamed … like a star beam, one star beam of some high predominant star.
            —Arthur Henry Hallam
  Gleamed and shone, like a splinter of daylight downward thrown.
            —William Wallace Harney
  Gleams, like to the angel’s sword.
            —Charles Harpur
  Gleams like an angel-market.
            —William Ernest Henley
  Gleams like a diamond on a dancing girl.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  Gleam like gold.
            —Philander Chase Johnson
  Gleaming like rose-hued pearls below the wave.
            —Frances Anne Kemble
  Gleam like pale wells of precious malachite.
            —Frances Anne Kemble
  Gleams like a dream in his face.
            —Henry. C. Kendall
  Gleam like the golden flash of a moon-lit stream.
            —Letitia Elizabeth Landon
  Gleams like the taper in the blaze of day.
            —Robert Lloyd
  Like a river, frozen and star-lit, gleamed his coat of mail.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  Gleamed like a grate of brass.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  Gleamed on the hillside like a patch of snow.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  Gleam, like midnight’s boreal dances.
            —James Russell Lowell
  Gleamed like moonshine on wet sands.
            —George MacDonald
  Gleam, like drifted gold in summer’s cloudless beam.
            —James Montgomery
  Gleam’d, like the meteors of a northern sky.
            —James Montgomery
Gleam like the pearls that sprinkle
A virgin’s golden hair.
  Gleamed like the young moon’s crescent.
  Gleam, like a glow-worm in the night.
            —T. Buchanan Read
  Gleams like a rising harvest moon.
            —T. Buchanan Read
  Gleams like the galleon rare of an Argonaut’s dreams.
            —James Whitcomb Riley
  Gleams like a beacon from afar.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
Like islands on a dark blue sea.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Gleam like the white effigies on tombs in dim cathedrals.
            —Alexander Smith
  Lurid gleam, like the reflection of a sulphur fire.
            —Robert Southey
  Gleams as a ghost’s glory in dreams.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Gleam broad as the brows of the billows that brighten the storm with their crests.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
Gleam like a cloud the westering sun stains red
Till all the blood of day’s blithe heart be bled
And all night’s heart requickened.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Gleams like spring’s green bloom on boughs all gaunt and gnarry.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
Like the green heights of sunset heaven.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Gleam like a brooklet, whose bed is all unshaded.
            —Carmen Sylva
  Gleam like sea-mists o’er the plain.
            —Bayard Taylor
  Gleamed like fancy made of golden air.
            —Alfred Tennyson
  Gleam like the rosy east.
            —William Thomson
  Gleamed like a satin ribbon in the sun, or like the pearly inside of a shell.
            —Henry D. Thoreau
  Gleaming like a sea.
  Gleams like an angry lion’s eye.
            —Oscar Wilde

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