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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Murmur (Noun)
  A vague and monotonous murmur, like that of the waves on a shore where the wind dies away with approaching night.
  Murmurs passed along the valleys, like the banshee’s lonely croon.
A murmur like the sough of bees
Hidden among the noon-stilled linden trees.
            —James Russell Lowell
  A deep sullen murmur … like the moaning noise that goes before the whirlwind on the deep.
            —Thomas Babington Macaulay
  Murmurs, like the sea’s, dying uncomprehended.
            —T. Buchanan Read
A murmur like the winds that break
Into green waves the prairie’s grassy lake.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier

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