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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Soft as the satin fringe that shades the eyelids of thy fragrant maids.
            —Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Soft as the broken solar beam,
That trembles in the solar stream.
  Soft as misted star.
            —Mary Louisa Anderson
  Soft and creamy as a charlotte russe.
  Soft and supple as lady’s glove.
  Soft as a Dartmoor bog.
  Soft as a flute.
  Soft as a government job.
  Soft as a jelly fish.
  Soft as a shadow.
  Soft as foot can fall.
  Soft as marshmallows.
  Soft as mush.
  Soft as pudding.
  Soft as sad music.
  Soft as showers that fall on April meads.
  Soft as soap.
  Soft as the evening wind murmuring among willows.
  Soft as the hands of indolence.
  Soft as the murmurs of a virgin’s sigh.
  Delicately soft as the sand that has been trod on by dainty seraphs.
  Soft as the snow on the sea.
  Soft as zephyr of a summer sky.
  Softly as a milk tooth leaving a baby’s gum.
  Softly as on ice that will scarcely bear.
  Softly … like the footfalls of departed spirits.
  Soft as silk in her touch.
            —Arabian Nights
  Soft as threaded pearls.
            —Arabian Nights
  Softer than zephyr’s wing.
            —Arabian Nights
  Soft as the breath of even.
            —Harriet Auber
  Thy sweet words drop upon the ear as soft as rose leaves on a wall.
            —Philip James Bailey
  Softly sublime like lightnings in repose.
            —Philip James Bailey
  Soft as the sunlight.
            —William Cox Bennett
  Softly like a stream of oil.
            —William Browne
  Soft voice as a laughing dream.
            —R. D. Blackmore
  Soft as the breeze flitting over the flowers.
            —R. D. Blackmore
Soft as the dew on flowers of spring,
Sweet as the hidden drops that swell their honey-throated chalicing.
            —Robert Bridges (English)
  Soft as Muses’ string.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  Soft as a mother’s kiss.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  Soft as a silent hush.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Softly, as the last repenting drops
Of a thunder-shower.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  Soft as a sofa.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  Soft as wool.
            —Robert Burton
  Soft as the murmurs of a virgin’s sigh.
            —William Byrd
  Soft as the callow cygnet in its nest.
            —Lord Byron
  Soft as the gentler breathing of the lute.
            —Lord Byron
  Soft as the houri strings his long entrancing note.
            —Lord Byron
  Soft as the melody of youthful days.
            —Lord Byron
  Soft as the memory of buried love.
            —Lord Byron
  Soft as the unfledged birdling when at rest.
            —Lord Byron
  Soft as the eyes of a girl.
            —Wilfred Campbell
  Soft as a bed of roses blown.
            —Thomas Carew
  Soft as duffel.
            —Thomas Carlyle
  Soft as sunset.
            —Thomas Carlyle
  Soft as snow that falls on snow.
            —Alice Cary
  Soft as a bank of moss.
            —Robert Cawdray (A Treasurie or Store-house of Similies, 1600)
  Soft as love.
            —James Cawthorn
  Soft as silence.
            —William Ellery Channing
  Soft as the breath of morn in bloom of spring.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  Soft as the cooing of the turtle dove.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  Soft as the moss where hissing adders dwell.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  Softe as the sommer flowrets.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  As soft as honey-dew.
            —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  Soft as the passing wind.
            —William Cowper
  Soft as the breath of a sleeper.
            —Isa Craig
  Soft, his accents fill, like voices of departed friends heard in our dreams, or music in the air, when night-spirits warble their magic minstrelsy.
            —Richard Cumberland
  Soft as pity.
            —George Darley
  Soft as the murmurs of a weeping spring.
            —Sir William Davenant
  As soft and sleek as girlish cheek.
            —Austin Dobson
  Soft as a baby’s breath.
            —Julia C. R. Dorr
  Soft as spirit’s sigh.
            —Julia C. R. Dorr
  Soft as summer.
            —Ernest Dowson
  Soft as prayer.
            —Ernest Dowson
  Skin as soft as Naples silk.
            —Michael Drayton
  Soft as Lempster wool.
            —Michael Drayton
  Soft and caressing as a melody.
            —Alexandre Dumas, père
  Soft as a whisper.
            —George Du Maurier
  Soft … like a whispered dream of sleeping music.
            —George Eliot
  Soft as pattering drops that fall from off the eaves in fancy dance when clouds are breaking.
            —George Eliot
  Soft and fluid as a cloud on the air.
            —Ralph Waldo Emerson
Soft as the songs of some shy hidden bird
From the low fields of woodlands nightly heard.
            —Frederick William Faber
  Soft as the voice of summer’s evening gale.
            —William Falconer
  Soft as love.
            —William Falconer
Soft as the breath of distant flutes at hours
When silent evening closes up the flowers.
            —John Gay
  Soft as when Venus stroked the beard of Jove.
            —John Gay
  Soft as the stringed harp’s moan.
            —Gerald Griffin
  Soft as is the falling thistle downe.
            —Joseph Hall
Cheeks, soft as September’s rose
Blushing but faintly on its faltering stem.
            —Paul Hamilton Hayne
  Soft as silkworms.
            —Stephen Hawes
  Soft as the whisper shut within a shell.
            —William Ernest Henley
  Soft as jelly.
            —Thomas Heywood
  Soft as sleep.
  Soft as pity, and as blest.
            —Aaron Hill
  Soft as upper air.
            —Aaron Hill
  Soft as rain.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  As soft as swan’s down.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  Soft as the moonbeams when they sought Endymion’s fragrant bower.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  Soft as a flute.
            —Thomas Hood
  Soft as flowers.
            —Thomas Hood
Sounds upon the air most soothing soft,
Like humming bees busy about the brooms.
            —Thomas Hood
  Soft as a dream of beauty.
            —Richard Hovey
  Soft as the division in the wool of a sheep.
            —Victor Hugo
  Soft as love’s first word.
            —Jean Ingelow
  Soft … as cob-webs.
            —Ben Jonson
  Soft as cream.
            —Jean Ingelow
  Soft as Memnon’s harp at morning.
            —John Keble
  Soft as imprison’d martyr’s deathbed calm.
            —John Keble
  Soft as the face of maid.
            —Frederic L. Knowles
  Soft as a dying violet-breath.
            —Sidney Lanier
  Soft and still, like birds half hidden in a nest.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  Soft as velvet.
            —John Lydgate
  Soft as silke.
            —John Lyly
  Soft as the swan-down where Summer sleeps.
            —George Mac-Henry
  Soft as the sighings of the gale, that wakes the flowery year.
            —David Mallet
Soft as dew-drops when they settle
In a fair flower’s open petal.
            —Philip B. Marston
  Soft as light-fall on unfolding flowers.
            —Gerald Massey
  Soft and thick as a feather bed.
            —Guy de Maupassant
  Soft as a kiss.
            —Joaquin Miller
  Soft as moonlight.
            —Mary Russell Mitford
Soft as evening o’er the ocean,
When she charms the waves to rest.
            —James Montgomery
  Soft as in moments of bliss long ago.
            —Thomas Moore
  Soft as lightning in May.
            —Thomas Moore
  Soft as the back of a swan.
            —Thomas Nash
  Soft as angels.
            —Thomas Otway
  Soft as a baby’s cheek.
            —Thomas Nelson Page
  Soft as twin-violets moist with early dew.
            —Andrew Park
  Her voice … soft as Zephyr sighs on morning lily’s cheek.
            —Robert Pollok
  Soft as yielding air.
            —Matthew Prior
  Soft as a pillow.
            —William B. Rands
  Soft as angels’ wings.
            —James Whitcomb Riley
Soft as a sunny shadow
When day is almost done.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  Soft as music’s measure.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  Soft as spring.
            —Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Soft as the gleam after sunset
That hangs like a halo of grace
Where the daylight had died in the valley.
            —A. J. Ryan
  Soft as air.
            —William Shakespeare
  Soft as sinews of the new-born babe.
            —William Shakespeare
  Soft as the dove’s down.
            —William Shakespeare
  Soft as the parasite’s silk.
            —William Shakespeare
  Soft as young down.
            —William Shakespeare
  Soft as an Incarnation of the Sun.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Soft as sleep.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Soft as the thoughts of budding love.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Softer than the West wind’s sigh.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Soft as the wild duck’s tender young, that floats on Avon’s tide.
            —William Shenstone
  Soft as a spirit prayer.
            —Seba Smith
  Soft as a man with a dead child speaks.
            —Carl Stanburg
  Whispering soft, like the last low accents of an expiring saint.
            —Laurence Sterne
  Soft like the waxe, each image shall receive.
            —Earl of Stirling
  Soft as pap.
            —Jonathan Swift
  Softer than the dawn.
            —Jonathan Swift
  Soft and listless as the slumber-stricken air.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Soft as a low long sigh.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Soft as lip is soft to lip.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Soft as at noon the slow sea’s rise and fall.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Soft … as desire that prevails and fades.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Soft as fire in dew.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Soft as hate speaks within itself apart.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Soft as heaven the stream that girdles hell.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Soft as lips that laugh.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Soft as o’er her babe the smile of Mary.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Soft as a weak wind blows.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Soft as sleep sings in a tired man’s ear.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Soft as snow lights on her snow-soft flesh.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Soft as swan’s plumes are.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Borne soft as the babe from the bearing-bed.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
                Soft …
As the clouds and beams of night.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Soft as the least wave’s lapse in a still small reach.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Soft as the loosening of wound arms in sleep.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
As thoughts of beauty sleeping.
            —Arthur Symons
  Soft, as Heaven’s angelic messenger might touch the lips of prayer, and make them blest.
            —Bayard Taylor
  Soft as lonely maiden’s thoughts on him she loves.
            —Esaias Tegner
There is sweet music here that softer falls
Than petals from blown roses on the grass.
            —Alfred Tennyson
  Softer than oil.
            —Old Testament
  Soft as satin.
            —William Makepeace Thackeray
  Soft as a sleeping cat.
Soft as the nightingale’s harmonious woe,
In dewy even-tide, when cowslips drop
Their sleepy heads, and languish in the breeze.
            —William Thomson
  Soft as the blowbell.
            —Thomas Tickell
  Soft, like summer night.
            —Mark Twain
  Soft as a peacock steps.
            —Fazio degli Uberti
  The air as soft as lovers’ jest.
            —Emanuel Von Giebel
  Soft as summer breeze.
            —Samuel Ward
  Soft as the wind of spring-tide in the trees.
            —Rosamund Marriott Watson
  Soft as fall of thistle-down.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
  Soft as the flow of an infant’s breath.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
  Soft as the landscape of a dream.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
  Soft as a lady’s hand.
            —Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  Soft as a cloud.
            —William Wordsworth
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