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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
James Russell Lowell
  Artificial as a trellis.  1
            Beautiful as feet of friend
Coming with welcome at our journey’s end.
  Blithe as the orchards and birds with the new coming of spring.  3
  As brief as a dragon-fly’s repose.  4
  As brief as the wave’s poise before it breaks in pearls.  5
  Changeful … as windwaved flame.  6
  Crinkly like curled maple.  7
  Dancing like naked fauns too glad for shame.  8
  Easy as for the grass to be green.  9
  Easy as kissing.  10
  Easy as loving.  11
  Flaw-seeing eyes, like needle points.  12
  Firm as Nature’s self.  13
  Flew like sparks in burnt up paper.  14
  Frail as frost-landscapes on a window-pane.  15
Full of life and light and sweetness
As a summer day’s completeness.
  Gleam, like midnight’s boreal dances.  17
  Golden as honey in the sun.  18
  Bluffly honest as a northwest wind.  19
  Softly lucent as a rounded moon.  20
  Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.  21
A murmur like the sough of bees
Hidden among the noon-stilled linden trees.
  Peaceful … as a virgin lake.  23
  Placid as a swan that drifts in a dream.  24
  Regular as a lath.  25
  Secure as happy yesterdays.  26
  As shy and secret as a maid.  27
  Sighs as men sigh relieved from care.  28
  Simply as breathing.  29
  Stare, like wild things of the wood about a fire.  30
  Sudden as a stab.  31
  Sweet as over new-born son the croon of new-made mother.  32
  Systematic as a country cemetery.  33
  Tripping light as a sandpiper over the beach.  34
  Tug as a flag in the wind.  35
  Unconscious as the sunshine.  36
  Welcome as the bird to the elm-tree bough.  37
  White as thistle-down.  38
There comes Emerson first, whose rich words, every one,
Are like gold nails in temples to hang trophies on.

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