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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Breathing like the Spring.
  Breathe like toads under ground.
  Breathed out, hard and still, as a statue might whisper.
            —Joseph Conrad
The young lips breathe like a dewy rose
Fanned by the fire-fly’s wing.
            —Eliza Cook
  Breathing like the bellows of a forge.
            —Lord De Tabley
  Breathing like a second-hand bicycle pump.
            —O. Henry
  Brethe as the damask Rose.
            —Robert Herrick
  Breathing sweetness like a bridal bower.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  She breathes sweet serene as ’twere a gentle spirit from the skies.
Breathing like sanctified and pious bawds,
The better to beguile.
            —William Shakespeare
As March breathes back the spirit of winter.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
Breathless as the deer
Driven hard to bay.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne

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