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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Thomas Middleton
  Blind as one that hath been found drunk a seven-night.  1
Blessed eyes, like a pair of suns,
Shine in the sphere of smiling.
  Fearless as a drunkard.  3
  Grosse as a hog.  4
  Limber as eelskins.  5
Lurk, like a snake under the innocent shade
Of a spread summer-leaf.
                Base lust,
With all her powders, paintings, and best pride,
Is but a fair house built by a ditch side.
  Prosper as gardener’s crops do in the rottenest ground.  8
  Pure as sanctity’s best shrine.  9
  Round as a tun.  10
  Salute as ceremoniously as lawyers when they meet after a long vacation.  11
  True as a barber’s news on Saturday night.  12
                Honest wedlock,  Is like a banqueting house built in a garden,  On which the spring’s chaste flowers take delight  To cast their modest odours.  13
  I must seem like a hanging moon, a little waterish for a while.  14
  Wriggle in and out like an eel in a sandbag.  15
      Writs like wild-fowl, fly abroad,
And then return o’er cities, towns, and hills,
With clients, like dried straws, between their bills.

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