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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Wan as moonlight.
            —Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  Wan as a sea cliff.
  Wan as the watery beams of the moon.
  Wan and mute as vapor.
  Wan was her lip as the lily’s petal.
Like a fat squab upon a Chinese fan.
            —William Cowper
  Wan as a wasted ember.
            —Edgar Fawcett
As a lily in the shade.
            —Jean Ingelow
As snow at night when the moon is gone.
            —Jean Ingelow
  Wan as primroses gathered at midnight.
            —John Keats
As shows an hour-old ghost.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
Like the head and the skin of a dying man.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Wan as ashes.
            —Edmund Spenser
  As a dead face wan and dun.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Wan as foam blown up by the sunburnt sands.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Wan as a withered flower.
            —Graham R. Tomson
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