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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Charles Lamb
  Drop, like mellow fruit … into the grave.  1
  Dried like a raisin.  2
  Eat like maggots into an estate.  3
Spend vows as fast as vapors, which go off
Even with the fumes.
Forgotten like an antique tale
  Of Hero and Leander.
  Lolling, like one indifferent, fabricates a heaven of gold.  6
  The mind of man is like the sea, which is neither agreeable to the beholder nor the voyager, in a calm or in a storm, but is so to both when a little agitated by gentle gales; and so the mind, when moved by soft and easy passions or affections.  7
  Renewable, as some appetites are.  8
Like beauty nestling in a young man’s breast.
  The good things of life are not to be had singly, but come to us with a mixture,—like a schoolboy’s holiday, with a task affixed to the tail of it.  10
He strove to clothe his agony in smiles,
Which he would force up in his poor pale cheeks,
Like ill-timed guests that had no proper dwelling there.
  Squeak like a Bart’lemew fiddle.  12
  White, like the apparition of a dead rainbow.  13

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