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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Sidney Lanier
Slant yellow beam …
Like a lane into Heaven that leads from a dream.
  My brain is beating like the heart of Haste.  2
  Break as a bubble o’er-blown in a dream.  3
  Deep as devils grope.  4
  Flame like torch-flames in the passionate air.  5
  Hide like gentle nuns from human eyes.  6
  Keen like a spear.  7
  Livid as Lazarus lately from death.  8
  Red as a beacon the wind has upblown.  9
  Rose red as a beacon the wind had upblown.  10
  Soft as a dying violet-breath.  11
My soul is like the oar that momently
Dies in a desperate stress beneath the wave,
Then glitters out again and sweeps the sea:
Each second I’m new-born from some new grave.
  Trembles like a harp full strung.  13
  A-tremble like a new-born thing.  14
  Fell a-trembling like as the lips of lady that forth falters yes.  15
Like to some maiden spirit pausing pale,
New-wing’d, yet fain to sail
Above the serene gulf to where a bridegroom soul
Calls o’er the soft horizon.

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