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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Fade as a passing breath.
            —Gilbert Abbott À Beckett
  Faded as the iris after rain in April’s tearful weather.
  Fades as the splendor fades from the sky, when the sun sinks to sleep.
  He faded away like a pound of soap in a hard day’s wash.
  Fade away like some fabled city of mythology.
Fade like autumn leaves, and fade and die
With no kind hand to raise the head and gently close the dying eye.
  Fade … like ghosts prohibited the day.
  Faded like snow.
  Faded like the morn.
            —Arabian Nights
  Fades like an unfixed photograph.
            —William Archer
  Fade like grass.
            —Matthew Arnold
  Fades awa’ like morning dew.
            —Scottish Ballad
  Fade away like morning beauty from her mortal day.
            —William Blake
  As flowers kept too long in the shade … fade.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  Fading like moonlight softly into darkness.
            —Robert Buchanan
  Beauty fades as a tree in winter.
            —Robert Burton
  Fade like stars before the sun.
            —Thomas Campbell
  Fade away like a Vesture.
            —Thomas Carlyle
  Faded … like the mist of a breath on a mirror.
            —Joseph Conrad
  Fade like morning’s blush.
            —Eliza Cook
  Fades like the rainbow’s brilliant arch.
            —Eliza Cook
Like the fair flow’r dishevell’d in the wind.
            —William Cowper
  A beauty fading like the April show’rs.
            —William Drummond
  Fade away like a cloud and vanish.
            —James Anthony Froude
  Fading, like a morning dream.
            —Gerald Griffin
  Fades as a kiss on lips of light.
            —Frank W. Gunsaulus
  Fading away, like a pale English flower, in the shadow of the forest.
            —Nathaniel Hawthorne
  Faded like a dream of youth.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  Faded … like dew upon the sea.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
Fade like the roseate flush, the golden glow,
When the bright curtain of the day is rolled.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
                Fade unspoken,
Like daffodils that die with sheaths unbroken.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  Fades like an old faith grown gray.
            —Brian Hooker
Fade away like the pale sister of the night,
When she resigns her delighted light,
Lost in the blaze of day.
            —John Hughes
  Faded from me like a dream.
            —Victor Hugo
  Fade like an August marigold.
            —Jean Ingelow
As shadows passing into deeper shade.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  Faded slowly from the sight as blushes from the cheek.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  Fade away like a thin vapory cloud.
            —Lord Lyttelton
  Faded like some rich raiment worn of old.
            —Rosamund Marriott-Watson
Is all faded, like fragrance,
From the languishing late flowers.
            —Owen Meredith
Fading … like a lingering star
That pales at sunrise in the waters of light.
            —Lloyd Mifflin
  Fades like a funeral lay.
            —Thomas Moore
  Fades like a once-heard tale.
            —Lewis Morris
  Fades like sunset flame.
            —Constance C. W. Naden
Fading like a ghost
At gray cock-crow.
            —John G. Neihardt
How fading are the joys we dote upon!
Like apparitions seen and gone.
            —John Norris
  Faded away like a woodcock leaves a weasel.
            —Edward Peple
  Faded like a wreath of mist at eve.
            —George D. Prentice
  Fade … like a nightmare’s ghastly presence, in the truthful dawn of day.
            —Adelaide A. Procter
  Fade as a flower in May.
            —Richard Pynson
  Fade like the gowans in May.
            —Allan Ramsay
  Fade …
Like stars half quenched in mists of silver dew.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Fade like vapor.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Fade, like the hopes of youth.
            —Robert Southey
  Fade like to a flowre that feeles no heate of sunne.
            —Edmund Spenser
  Faded, as fields that withering winds leave dry.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fade like flame.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fade as leaves when the woods wax hoary.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  We all do fade as a leaf.
            —Old Testament
  Fading as hearts forget, as shadows flee.
            —Francis O. Ticknor
As placidly as when an infant dies.
            —Thomas Ward
  Fade, like waves breaking on a dreary shore.
            —John Wilson
  Fades like the lustre of an evening cloud.
            —William Wordsworth

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