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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Our memory passes like a ripple in the water, or a breeze in the air.
            —Henri F. Amiel
  Passes like a mode.
  Passed like an uncurbed cavalry.
  Time passes like the wind.
  Pass like a rolled syllable of midnight thunder from the coming day.
            —Philip James Bailey
  One solitary and foreseeing thought, passed, like a planet’s transit o’er the sun.
            —Philip James Bailey
  Passed, like the foam of the wave.
            —Jane Barlow
As shadows cast by cloud and sun flit o’er the summer grass,
So, in thy sight, Almighty One! earth’s generations pass.
            —William Cullen Bryant
  Passed away as fairies vanish at the break of day.
            —Hartley Coleridge
            Thy grace must pass
As unremembered things.
            —Lord De Tabley
  Time passed away as a tale which is told.
            —Charles Dickens
  Passed out as quickly as a sunbeam.
            —Charles Dickens
New generations pass,
Like shadows on the grass.
            —Julia C. R. Dorr
  Passed like a meteor.
            —Alexandre Dumas, père
  Pass away as in vision.
            —Frederic Harrison
The generations pass, like autumn’s fruits,
Garnered, consumed, and springing fresh to life.
            —James A. Hillhouse
  Passed away like waves.
            —Victor Hugo
                Pass away—
As flowers that bloom at morn, at eve decay.
            —Francis Scott Key
Oh, why should the spirit of mortal be proud?
Like a swift-fleeting meteor, a fast flying cloud,
A flash of the lightning, a break of the wave,
Man passes from life to his rest in the grave.
            —William Knox
  Little troubles pass like little ripples in a sunny river.
            —Walter Savage Landor
  Passed like the mournful cry of sunward sailing cranes.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  When she had passed, it seemed like the ceasing of exquisite music.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  Passed like a dream away.
            —Thomas Babington Macaulay
  They pass like a shade away.
            —James Macpherson
                They pass
Like a breath from the face of a glass.
            —Don Marquis
  Pass away, like a thin cloud that melts across the moon.
            —James Montgomery
Like autumn foliage withering in the blast.
            —James Montgomery
  Passed like a day-dream.
            —Thomas Moore
All gently pass away,
Like mists that flee
From a summer sea.
            —Thomas Moore
                All my days
Passed like an empty vision.
            —Lewis Morris
  Pass’d, like swift clouds across a windy sky.
            —Arthur Joseph Munby
  Passed along the waves like the chariot of Neptune.
            —Baron Karl F. H. von Münchausen
  Passed away, like shadows of the moon.
            —Adelaide A. Procter
                Passed away,
Like the remembrance of a guest that tarrieth but a day.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
                Pass’d by me
As misers do by beggars.
            —William Shakespeare
  Passed, like a cloud on the blast.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
Must pass, as grains of sand must fall,
Beneath the infinite calm sea
Of ages and eternity.
            —Harry B. Smith
  Passed away like summer clouds.
            —Robert Southey
And pass as love and sorrow pass,
As shadows flashing down a glass,
As dew-flowers blowing in flowerless grass.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Passes as the grey dew from the morning mountain grasses.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Pass as the flight of a year.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
Passed, like a sudden squall that tears the sea,
Yet leaves a sun to smile the billows down.
            —Bayard Taylor
  Pass like a light.
            —Alfred Tennyson
  Passeth away as a cloud.
            —Old Testament
  Pass through thy hand as a river.
            —Old Testament
  Passed, like a sweet but transient dream.
            —Frank Waters
As a cloud of the sunset, slow melting in heaven,
As a star that is lost when the daylight is given,
As a glad dream of slumber, which wakens in bliss,
She hath pass’d to the world of the holy from this.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
Like shadows through a twilight land.
            —Oscar Wilde
  Passed like a fancy that is swept away.
            —William Wordsworth
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