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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Emily Brontë
  Her bright cheek, as soft and pure in its bloom as a wild rose.  1
  Fixed as the orb of the burning sun.  2
Love is like the wild rose-briar;
Friendship like the holly-tree.
The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms,
But which will bloom most constantly?
The wild rose-briar is sweet in spring,
Its summer blossoms scent the air;
Yet wait till winter comes again,
And who will call the wild-briar fair?
Then, scorn the silly rose-wreath now,
And deck thee with the holly’s sheen,
That, when December blights thy brow
He still may leave thy garland green.
  Lovely as an angel’s dream.  4
  Mute as mice.  5
  Pallid as coffined clay.  6
  Revelled in my changeful dreams, like petrel on the sea.  7
  Scowled like a thunder cloud.  8
  Uncomplaining as a lamb.  9
  All vanished, like a vision vain.  10
  White as the sun.  11
  Worthless as withered weeds, or idlest froth amid the boundless main.  12

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