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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Briefer than the twinkling of an eye.
Brief as the song
Of the wood dove.
            —Lord De Tabley
As sunset clouds in heaven.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  Brief as sparkles from the flint.
            —Thomas Hood
  Brief as time.
            —Ben Jonson
  As brief as a dragon-fly’s repose.
            —James Russell Lowell
  As brief as the wave’s poise before it breaks in pearls.
            —James Russell Lowell
  Brief, as the sunshine scattered over the plains.
  Brief as a dream.
As the fading of a flower,
As the falling of a leaf,
So brief its day and its hour.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  Brief as the lightning in the collied night.
            —William Shakespeare
  Brief like a signal.
            —Robert Louis Stevenson
  Brief as the word strong sorrow saith.
            —Robert Louis Stevenson
  Brief as a broken song.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Thou art brief as a glitter of sand ’twist tide and tide.
            —William Watson
  Brief and tremulous as a passing shadow.
            —William Winter

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