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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Dark as the yawning grave.
            —Mark Akenside
  Dark as a cellar.
  Dark as a dungeon.
  Dark as a funeral scarf.
  Dark as a thief’s pocket.
  Dark as futurity.
  Dark as midnight.
  Dark as the shades of night.
  Dark like a dead person in a coffin.
  Dark as Death’s Eye.
            —Philip James Bailey
  Dark as a wood.
            —R. D. Blackmore
Dark as was chaos, ere the infant Sun
Was rolled together, or had tried his beams
Athwart the gloom profound.
            —Robert Blair
  Dark as a Spaniard.
            —Charlotte Brontë
  Darkened, as the lighthouse will that turns upon the sea.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  Dark as mire.
            —John Bunyan
  Dark as pitch.
            —John Bunyan
  Dark as misery’s woeful night.
            —Robert Burns
  Dark as a sullen cloud before the sun.
            —Lord Byron
  Dark as winter.
            —Thomas Campbell
  Darkly, as through the foliage of some wavering thicket.
            —Thomas Carlyle
  Dark as death.
            —Alice Cary
  Darked, as it is wonte to darke by smoked images.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  Dark as a murderer’s mask of crape.
            —Eliza Cook
  Dark as the grave.
            —Abraham Cowley
  Dark and cold, like a benighted hemisphere.
            —Aubrey De Vere
  Dark as a fiend.
            —Aubrey De Vere
  Ever darker and darker, like the shadow of advancing death.
            —Charles Dickens
  Darkened, like the earth on a splendid day when a cloud flits across the sun.
            —Alexandre Dumas, père
  Dark as pines that autumn never sears.
            —George Eliot
  Dark as Pluto’s palace.
            —Richard Glover
  Dark as a cloud that journeys overhead.
            —Thomas Hood
  Dark as the grave.
            —Thomas Hood
  Dark as shadows be.
            —Thomas Hood
  Dark as the language of the Delphic fane.
  Dark as the back of a stag-beetle.
            —Irish Epic Tales
  Dark as the parentage of chaos.
            —John Keats
  Dark as the pillars of some Hindoo shrine.
            —Charles Kingsley
  Dark as Saint Bartholomew.
            —Walter Savage Landor
  Darkness like the day of doom.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  Dark as a coal-hole.
            —Samuel Lover
  Dark as the swelling wave of ocean before the rising winds, when it bends its head near the coast.
            —James Macpherson
  Dark as it were dipped in the death-shadow.
            —Gerald Massey
  Dark as a dead man in the ground.
            —Sydney Munden
  Dark as a demon’s dread thought.
  Dark as the hush’d silence of the grave.
            —Thomas Otway
  Dark as night’s protecting wing.
            —John Pierpont
  Dark as the caves wherein earth’s thunders groan.
            —Edgar Allan Poe
  See him darkly as in a mirror.
            —Saint Augustine
  As dark as a Yule midnight.
            —Scottish Proverb
  Dark as the bottom of a well.
            —W. Clark Russell
  Dark as care.
            —Friedrich von Schiller
  Dark as Egypt.
            —William Shakespeare
  Dark as Erebus.
            —William Shakespeare
  Dark as hell.
            —William Shakespeare
  Dark as ignorance.
            —William Shakespeare
  Dark as a cloud that the moon turns bright.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Dark as fate.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Dark as fear.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
                Dark in her sight
As her measureless measure of shadowless pleasure was bright.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Dark as the heart of time.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Galleons dark as the helmsman’s bark of old that ferried to hell the dead.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Dark as the sire that begat her, Despair.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  More dark than the dead world’s tomb.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Darkened as one that wastes by sorcerous art and knows not whence it withers.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Dark as a land’s decline.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Silent dark as shame.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Dark as the inside of a whale.
            —Frederick William Thomas
  Dark as the brooding thundercloud.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
Dark as the shroudings of a bier,-
As if the blessed atmosphere,
Like his own soul, was dim.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
  Dark as the waiting tomb.
            —McLandburgh Wilson

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