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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Thomas L. Peacock
  Beaming like light on chaos.  1
  Black and glossy as the raven’s wing.  2
  Blushing as in vintage-hours.  3
  Blush’d like a carnation.  4
  Her black eyes sparkled like sunbeams on a river: a clear, deep, liquid radiance, the reflection of ethereal fire.  5
As before the pike will fly
Dace and roach and such small fry;
As the leaf before the gale,
As the chaff beneath the flail,
As before the wolf the flocks,
As before the hounds the fox;
As before the cat the mouse,
As the rat from falling house;
As the fiend before the spell
Of holy water, book, and bell;
As the ghost from dawning day.
  As motionless as death.  7
  Perished like the pageant of a dream.  8
Speed, like yellow leaves before the gale
When Autumn winds are strongest.

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