|Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.|
| A government tumbling and drifting on the whirlpool and mud-deluges, floating atop in a conspicuous manner, no whither, like the carcass of a drowned ass.|
|But when a government is grown in strength,|
Like some old oak, rough with its armed bark,
It yields not to the tug, but only nods,
And turns to sullen state.
| Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence.|