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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Slow as a plumber going for his tools.
  Slow as cold molasses.
  Slow as molasses in January.
  Slow as the hand on clock’s face.
            —Robert Buchanan
  Slow as the white cloud in the sky.
            —Robert Buchanan
  Slow, like water-lilies floating down a rill.
            —Lord Byron
A voice as soft and slow
As might proceed from angel’s tongue
If angel’s heart were sorrow-wrung,
And wish’d to speak its woe.
            —Robert Chambers
  Slow as minor friars on sacred errands go.
  Slow-swelling like God’s thunder underground.
Slow as at Oxford, on some gaudy day,
Fat beadles, in magnificent array,
With big bellies bear the ponderous treat
And heavily lag on, with the vast loady meat.
            —Francis Fawkes
  Slow as old Saturn through prodigious space.
            —Francis Fawkes
Slow as an oak
To woodman’s stroke.
            —Richard Garnett
  Slow, like the tired heaving of a grief-worn breast.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  Slow, as the strokes of a pump.
            —Thomas Hood
  Slow, like a bell.
            —Victor Hugo
  Slow as a worm.
            —Rudyard Kipling
                Exact and slow
Like wooden monarchs at a puppet show.
            —Robert Lloyd
Like a sexton ringing the village bell,
When the evening sun is low.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
It goes slow, comes slow, like a big mill-wheel
On some broad stream, with long green weeds a-sway,
And soft and slow it rises and it falls,
Still going onward.
            —William Morris
  Slow as lawyers mount to heaven.
            —Charles Reade
  Slow as the snail.
            —Samuel Rogers
  Hobbled slow as a broken-winded mare.
            —Sir Walter Scott
  Seldome and slowe, like the scantye droppes of a fountaine neare a drye.
            —Caroline Southey
  Slowlier than life into breath … it moves.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
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