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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Lust, like a lawless headlong flood,
Impregnated with ooze and mud,
Descending fast on every side,
Once mingles with the sacred tide,
Farewell the soul-enliv’ning scene!
The banks that bore a smiling green,
With rank defilement overspread,
Bewail their flow’ry beauties dead.
            —William Cowper
                Base lust,
With all her powders, paintings, and best pride,
Is but a fair house built by a ditch side.
            —Thomas Middleton
  Lusts are like agues; the fit is not always on, and yet the man is not rid of the disease; and some men’s lusts, like some agues, have not such returns as others.
            —Herbert Spencer
Our headlong lusts, like a young fiery horse,
Start and flee raging in a violent course.
            —Isaac Watts
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