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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Black as Alaskan sealskin.
  Black as a stack of black cats.
  Black as a thundercloud.
  Black as a tinker.
  Black as blindness.
  Black as Egypt’s night.
  Black as a sloe.
  Black as snow in London.
  Black as the Duke of Hell’s black riding boots.
  Black as the inside of a man who drank a bottle of ink.
  Black as the mantle that shrouds the blind.
  Black as Uncle Tom.
  Black as the bear on Iskardoo.
            —Edwin Arnold
  Thoughts as black as hell, as hot and bloody.
            —Beaumont and Fletcher
  Black as a coal pit.
            —Henry Ward Beecher
  Black as the tents of Kedar.
            —Saint Bernard
  Black as a young rook.
            —Dion Boucicault
  Black, like plumes at funerals.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  Black as death.
            —Lord Byron
  Black as Gehenna and the Pit of Hell.
            —Thomas Carlyle
  Black as a crow.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  Blak as fende in helle.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  Black as a cave mouth.
            —Irvin S. Cobb
  Black as the devil.
            —George Colman, the Younger
  Black as Tophet.
            —Joseph Conrad
  Black as the mine.
            —William Cowper
  Black as if lightning-scarred or curst of God.
            —Aubrey De Vere
  Black as thunder.
            —Charles Dickens
  Black as beads.
            —Austin Dobson
  Black as a wolf’s mouth.
            —Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  Black as ebony.
            —Alexandre Dumas, père
  Black as night when the tempests pass.
            —Frederick William Faber
  Black as starless night.
            —Phineas Fletcher
  Black as a cassock.
            —Samuel Foote
  Black as the pit.
            —William Ernest Henley
  Blacker than a raven in a coal mine.
            —O. Henry
  Black as stormy darkness.
            —Thomas Heywood
  Black as gunpowder.
            —Thomas Hood
  Black as the fruit of the thorn.
            —Thomas Hood
  Black as your hat.
            —Thomas Hood
  Blackens like a thunder cloud.
            —Thomas Hood
  Black as the fleet from Aulis ’gainst doomed Troy.
            —Richard Hengist Horne
  Black as the wood of the gallows-tree.
            —Victor Hugo
  As black as any Moor.
            —Jacques Jasmin
  Black as the devil in a comedy.
            —Thomas Killigrew
  Black as the sliding water over a mill-dam.
            —Rudyard Kipling
  Black as the king of Ashantee.
            —Charles James Lever
  Black as sightless eyes.
            —George Cabot Lodge
  As blacke as deepest dark.
            —John Lyly
  Blacke as jeat.
            —John Lyly
  Blacke as the burnt coale.
            —John Lyly
          My Arab steed is black—
Black as the tempest cloud that flies
Across the dark and muttering skies.
            —Adam Mickiewicz
  Black as a [chimney] sweep.
            —F. P. Northall
  Black and glossy as the raven’s wing.
            —Thomas L. Peacock
  Black as winter chimney.
            —John Phillips
  Black as despair.
            —John Phillips
  Black as autumn’s sky.
            —Winthrop Mackworth Praed
  Black as a burned stump.
            —Opie Read
  As black as the steeds of night.
            —T. Buchanan Read
  Black as fiery Africa’s slaves.
            —T. Buchanan Read
  Black as black iron.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  Black as pitch.
            —Thomas Sackville
  Black as the newly-pruned crow.
            —George Sandys
  Black as a funeral pall.
            —John G. Saxe
  Black as mourning weed.
            —Scottish Ballad Percy’s Reliques
  Black as Acheron.
            —William Shakespeare
As if besmear’d in hell.
            —William Shakespeare
  Black as incest.
            —William Shakespeare
  Black as ink.
            —William Shakespeare
  Black as Vulcan in the smoke of war.
            —William Shakespeare
  Black as a cormorant.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Black as Erebus and Night.
            —Robert Southey
  Black as the womb of darkness.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Black as crushed worms that sicken in the sense.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Black as thunderous night.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  As midnight black.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Black as flameless brand.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Black as ashbuds in the front of March.
            —Alfred Tennyson
  Black as sackcloth of hair.
            —New Testament
  Black as a raven.
            —Old Testament
  Black like an oven.
            —Old Testament
  Blacker than a coal.
            —Old Testament
  Black as Hell.
            —William Thomson
  Black as winter sky.
            —Walter Thornbury
  Black as soot.
  Black as a berry.
            —François Villon
  Black as with wrath.
            —Alaric A. Watts
  Black as black.
            —William Butler Yeats

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