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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Paul Hamilton Hayne
            Aimless as an autumn leaf
Borne in November’s idle winds afar.
  Ardent as the lips of love.  2
  Ascend, like angels beautiful, a shining Jacob’s ladder of the mind.  3
  Capricious as the vagrant wind.  4
  Dreadfully, as if from realms of mystical despairs.  5
  Ebb like the tides of a living heart.  6
  A nameless charm enthralling, like the ghost of music melting on a rainbow spray of sound.  7
  Fierce as sin.  8
  Flashes … like a revelation.  9
Flashed like dazzling arrow tipped
With amorous heat.
  Fresh as a blossom bathed by April rain.  11
  A glance as bright as a gnome’s in his mine of gold.  12
As thought through spirits sanctified.
  Graceful as a springborn fairy.  14
  Impalpable as stars-beams in deep seas.  15
The kisses of thy deathless lips,
Like strange star-pulses, throbbed through space.
  Pure as infant’s brow.  17
  Shrill … like the tingling steel of an elfin gong.  18
Cheeks, soft as September’s rose
Blushing but faintly on its faltering stem.
Sparkling, as if a Naiad’s silvery feet
In quiet and coy retreat,
Glanced through the star-gleams on calm summer nights.
                Divinely stirred,
As if the vanished soul of Keats,
Had found its new birth in a bird.
  Sweet as tropic winds at night.  22
  Tranquil as the clear moonlight, that woos the palms on Orient shores.  23
  Vanished like a baleful star.  24
                Pure and white,
As some shy spirit in a haunted place.
  White as the lips of passion.  26

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