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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
William Congreve
  Shallow artifice begets suspicion,
And, like a cobweb veil, but thinly shades
The face of thy design.
  Artless as Nature’s notes in birds untaught.  2
Bright as the moon she shone, with silver light,
And charmed his sense with wonder and delight.
  Calm as a discharged culverin.  4
  Critics avaunt! for you are fish of prey, and feed, like sharks, upon an infant play.
Beat every monster of the deep away; let’s a fair trial have, and a clear sea.
  Fat as a barn-door fowl.  6
  Fight like a cock.  7
  Heavy as a panegyric.  8
  High as the head of Fame.  9
  High as the spheres.  10
  Hooded like a hawk.  11
  Ill-natured as an old maid.  12
  Jealous as a barren wife.  13
  Knowing as the stars.  14
  Lost, like autumnal leaves, when North winds rage.  15
  Love, like death, a universal leveller of mankind.  16
  Prattle like a magpie.  17
  Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned.  18
  Secret as the head of Nilus.  19
  Secret as the night.  20
  Silly as an old maid at a marriage.  21
  Sound as a biscuit.  22
  Stick like pitch.  23
  Struggled, like an old lawyer between two fees.  24
  Harder to be understood than a piece of Egyptian antiquity, or an Irish manuscript.  25
  Unwelcome to a woman as a looking-glass after the small-pox.  26
  Various as flowers on unfrequented plains.  27
  Wanton as a young widow.  28
Women are like tricks by sleight of hand,
Which to admire, we should not understand.

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