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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Samuel Lover
  Puffing and blowing like a porpoise.  1
  Blush as lovely as the dawn.  2
  He was bold as a hawk.  3
  Bright as the ruby’s blaze.  4
  Dark as a coal-hole.  5
  Dry as a pond in the Summer.  6
  As aisy as winter shakes leaves from the trees.  7
Like the stars that nightly shine,
Thy sweet eyes shed light divine.
  You’re fair and fresh as a morning in May.  9
  Graceful as the willow-bough o’er the streamlet weeping.  10
  Growl, like a crescendo in the double bass.  11
Her heart, like the lake, was as pure and as calm,
Till love o’er it came, like a breeze o’er the sea,
And made the heart heave of sweet Mary machree.
For joys are like sunbeams,—more fleeting than they,
And sorrows cast shadows between;
And friends that in moments of brightness are won,
Like gossamer, only are seen—in the sun.
  Lively as grasshoppers.  14
  Mellow, like a peach that is ready to drop in your lap.  15
  Thy neck is like the swan, and fair as the pearl.  16
  A pipe is like a Christian in many ways; sure it’s made o’ clay like a Christian, and has the spark o’ life in it, and while the breath is in it the spark is alive; but when the breath is out of it, the spark dies, and then it grows cowld like a Christian; and isn’t it a pleasant companion like a Christian?  17
  Plain as print.  18
  Plump as a partridge.  19
  My heart is as sad as a black stone under the blue sea.  20
  Capacious … smile, like the exaggerated reflection of a concave mirror.  21
Oh never despair, for our hopes oftentime
Spring swiftly as flow’rs in some tropical clime,
Where the spot that was barren and scentless at night
Is blooming and fragrant at morning’s first light.
  Swift as the sea-bird’s wing.  23
  White as a dove.  24

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