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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Arthur Symons
Like the downy wing of sleep.
Pale as the skies.
            Your voice was gay
As the voice of a bird in the dawn of a day
On a sunshiny tree.
Pain gnaws at my heart like a rat that gnaws at a bean
In the dusty dark of a ghost-frequented house.
As the unwilling herald of the king.
  Immortal as the sun.  6
  Infinite as the soul.  7
Lonely as in a garden-close
Slumbers the solitary rose.
  A red mouth like a wound.  9
Murmurous as the August bees
That fill the forest deep
Around the roots of trees.
  Old as the earth is old.  11
  Skies as pale, as moonlight in a shadowy sea.  12
  Proud as a child who will what he would.  13
  Scatters as leaves blown down the wind.  14
As a voiceless crying of old love
That died and never spoke.
  Simple as breath.  16
As thoughts of beauty sleeping.
  Sweet as the voice of a mountain brook.  18
  Sweet as the blushing planet of the dawn.  19
  Swift as eternity.  20
Tenderly as a bee that sips,
Your kisses settle on my lips.
An old thought turns with the old tune in my head
As a windmill turns in the wind on an empty sky.
  Uncertain as a child’s swift moods.  23
  Bernhardt’s … voice is like a thing detachable from herself, a thing which she takes in her hands like a musical instrument, playing on the stops cunningly with her fingers.  24
  Whimpers like a cur.  25

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