Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.
Marriage is like to casting dice. If chance bring you a virtuous and good-tempered wife, your lot is happy. If you gain instead a gadding, gossiping, and thriftless queen, no wife is yours, but everlasting plague in womans garb; the habitable globe holds not so dire a torment anywhere. Epicharmus
Like a dog with a bottle fast tied to his tail, Like vermin in a trap or a thief in a jail, Like a Tory in a bog Or an ape with a clog: Such is the man who, when he might go free, Does his liberty lose For a matrimony noose, And sells himself into captivity. Thomas Flatman
It is a signe that nothing will asswage your love but marriage: for such is the tying of two in wedlocks, as is the tuning of two lutes in one key, for striking the strings of one, strawes will stirre upon the strings of the other, and in two mindes linked in love, one cannot be delighted, but the other rejoiceth. John Lyly
You know some of our Grub Street wits compared marriage to a country dance, which scheme I extremely approved, but when I read it I thought it should have been set to the tune of Love forever; but they say it never did go to that tune, nor ever would. Elizabeth R. Montagu