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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Henry Van Dyke
  As bare as a hornet’s cell.  1
  Dissolved, like a fragment of ice that melts in the summer sea.  2
  Dry and yellow as parchment.  3
  Glimmered like a faint, vanishing tinge of blood on snow.  4
Pure as the snowy leaves that fold
Over the flower’s heart of gold.
            Softly as full-blown flower
Unfolds its heart to welcome in the dawn.
  Strong as an oaken staff.  7
  A talkative person is like an English sparrow,—a bird that cannot sing, and will, and ought to be persuaded not to try to sing.  8
Trembling, like those battlements of stone
That fell in fear when Joshua’s horns were blown.
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