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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
John Ford
Ambition, like a seeled [blind] dove mounts upward,
Higher and higher still, to perch on clouds,
But tumbles headlong down with heavier ruin.
  Bitter as Penthea’s curse.  2
  Chaste as fate.  3
  Courtly as the French.  4
  Foul and cursed as if some holy temple had been robbed.  5
  Demurely as a judge that pronounceth sentence of death.  6
  Gay as Apollo’s locks.  7
  Breathe as gently, as a perfumed pair of sucking bellows, in some sweet lady’s chamber.  8
  Agonies as hot as flames of sulphur.  9
  As humble as the child of one that sweats, to eat the dear-earn’d bread of honest thrift.  10
  Loyal to her plighted faith as is the sun in Heaven.  11
  Natural as to eat, sleep, and wear a nightcap.  12
  Pure as unwritten papers.  13
  Resolute as thunder.  14
  Sweetly scented as the incense smoking on Vesta’s altars.  15
  Sparkles like a lusty wine new broached.  16
  Strong in silence as mysteries locked up in Jove’s own bosom.  17
  Struts like a juggler.  18
  Suddenly as a rain sound can pass from your ear.  19
  As sweet as a violet.  20
  Vagrant as the wind.  21

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