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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Smile (Verb)
  She smiled as though somebody were talking to her inside.
            —Marguerite Audoux
  Like the wine and roses, smiles.
  Smiling like a star on the darkest night.
  Smiles like a sweet June rose.
  Smiling triumphantly the while like one who had discovered a cure for duty.
            —J. M. Barrie
  Smiling as a basket of chips.
            —J. R. Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms
  Smile like a cherub.
            —William Blake
  Smiled like a siren.
            —William Blake
  Smiled like the flowers of Eden.
            —Patrick Brontë
  Smiled like Italy.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  Smiling like a fiend who has deceived God.
            —Robert Browning
  Smile, as infants at a sudden light.
            —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  Smiling, like a sickly moralist.
            —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  Smiling like a child in the grass, dreaming deep of the flowers, and their golden beguiling.
            —Isa Craig
  Smiles like clockwork.
            —Charles Dickens
  The singer smiled, as doubtless Orpheus smiled, to see the animals both great and small, the mountainous elephant and the scampering mouse, held by the ears in decent audience.
            —George Eliot
  Smiling free as a rose in summer air.
            —Dora Greenwall
  Smiling like a cherry.
            —Thomas Heywood
  Smiling like a new-blown flower.
            —Richard Hengist Horne
Faint-smiling like a star
Through autumn mists.
            —John Keats
  Smiled like a paradise.
            —Gerald Massey
Smiled with superior love, as Jupiter
On Juno smiles, when he impregns the clouds
That shed May flowers.
            —John Milton
  Smiling like heaven.
            —William Morris
  Smile, like the sun in his glory on the bud.
            —Winthrop Mackworth Praed
  Smiles like a May morning.
            —Allan Ramsay
  Smile like summer after snow.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  Smiled, as all the world were his.
            —Thomas Sackville
Smiling, as some fly had tickled slumber,
Not as death’s dart, being laughed at.
            —William Shakespeare
  Smiling as smiles the fowler when flutters the bird to the gin.
            —Robert Louis Stevenson
  Smile like an Oil Trust.
            —New York Sun
  Smiled as dawn on the spirit of man.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Smiled as one living even on craft and hate.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
                Smiling dim
As the smile on a lip still fearful.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
As though the spirit and sense unreconciled
Sank laughing back, and would not ere its hour
Let life put forth the irrevocable flower.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Smiled … like song’s triumphant breath.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Smiling, like a star in the blackest night.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
        Smiling as a master at one
That is not of his school, nor any school
But that where blind and naked Ignorance
Delivers brawling judgments, unashamed.
            —Alfred Tennyson
  Smiling … like beauty waking from a happy dream.
            —John Wilson

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