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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Mournful as the grave.
  Mournful as the rhythm of the seas.
  A voice as mournful as the dying light in the west—for a vague reminder of Death is divinely set in the heavens, and the sun above gives the same warning that is given here on earth by the flowers and the bright insects of the day.
            —Honoré de Balzac
Mournful—but mournful of another’s crime,
She look’d as if she sat by Eden’s door,
And grieved for those who could return no more.
            —Lord Byron
  Mournful as … Memnon’s harp.
            —John Keats
  Mournful as the dancing of dead leaves.
            —Gerald Massey
  Mournful as the dead below.
            —Richard Monckton Milnes
  Mournful, like the voice of one who raves.
            —Celia Thaxter

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