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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
John Ruskin
  Advancing like the shadow of death.  1
  Barren as death.  2
  Beautiful as a piece of chalk cliff.  3
  Beautiful as pine bridges over Alpine streams.  4
  Blended, like the sea’s phosphor lustre.  5
Blushes bright pass o’er her cheek,
But pure and pale as is the glow of sunset on a mountain peak,
Robed in eternal snow.
  Calm as … a deeply sheltered mountain lake.  7
  Colorless as lead.  8
  Chasms as deep and as drear as the tomb.  9
  Headlong driven like clouds before the blast of heaven.  10
  Ephemeral, like Michael Angelo’s snow statue.  11
                Her dazzling eye;
As liquid in its brilliancy as the deep blue of midnight ocean,
When underneath, with trembling motion,
The phosphor light floats by.
  Fierce … as whetted scythe.  13
  Graceful as a bow just bent.  14
  Lay, like a smile upon the lips of sleep.  15
Light as the tinkling leaves, that wander wide
When Vallombrosa mourns her pride.
  Murmurs … like a bell that calls to prayer.  17
  As pure as a mountain spring.  18
  Rage, like demons in their Stygian cage.  19
  Red, like a ruby.  20
  Roaring like thunder borne upon the breeze.  21
  Sharp as javelins.  22
  Shook … like shingle at the ocean’s mercy.  23
  Silent and slight as the fall of a half-checked tear on a maiden cheek.  24
  Solid as a haystack.  25
  Solid, like a cactus stem.  26
  Stainless as the air of Heaven.  27
  Stiff as a stone.  28
  Support themselves as swarming bees do, hang on by each other.  29
  Terrible as the sea.  30
  Transient as the dew.  31
  Twisted … like old olive branches.  32
  Uncomfortable as the Lilliputians made Gulliver with their arrows.  33
  Whiter than sawn ivory.  34

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