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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Creeping into her innocent heart like a maggot into a rose.
  Crept … like a chill.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Like the grey mists upon the mountain side.
            —Gerhart Hauftmann
  Creep like torpid Hottentots.
            —A. F. F. von Kotzebue
            O’er our silence creep
Like whispers of the household gods that keep
A gentle empire o’er fraternal souls.
            —John Keats
  Creep like shadows.
            —William Shakespeare
                Creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school.
            —William Shakespeare
  Creeping close as snakes in hidden weeds.
            —Edmund Spenser
Like the downy wing of sleep.
            —Arthur Symons
Softly creeping, like a breath of air,
Such as is sometimes seen, and hardly seen,
To brush the still breast of a crystal lake.
            —William Wordsworth

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