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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Fair as virtuous friendship: as the candid blush of him who strives with fortune to be just.
            —Mark Akenside
  Fair as Esther.
  Fair as a friar that is invited to dinner.
  Fair as a saint.
  Fairer than fancy ever feigned.
  Fair as Lady Dove.
  Fair as stars that shine in summer skies.
  Fair as the garden of Shiraz.
  Fair as the glorified isles of the blest.
  Mary is fair as the morning dew.
  Fair as the virgin’s vows.
  Fair as the wild rose.
  Fair as winter lilies.
  Fair as youths by brides caress’d.
  As fair as summer roses.
            —Thomas Ashe
  Fair as lotus when the morn kisses its opening petals red.
            —Ancient Ballad of Hindustan
  Fair as the cup of a lily held in a maiden’s hand.
            —Eugene Barry
  Fair as the floweret opening in the morn.
            —James Beattie
  Fair as the bud unblasted.
            —Beaumont and Fletcher
  Fair as the morn.
            —Michael Bruce
  Fair as the hills of Paradise.
            —William Cullen Bryant
  Fair as pearls.
            —Gottfried A. Bürger
  As fair a thing as e’er was form’d of clay.
            —Lord Byron
  Fair as the crowning rose of the whole wreath.
            —Lord Byron
  Fair, as the first that fell of womankind.
            —Lord Byron
  Fair as the forest.
            —Alice Cary
  Fair as Ambition’s dream, or Beauty’s face.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  Faire as is the bryghte morwe [morning].
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  Faire as is the rose in May.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  Fair as Eden’s bowers.
            —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  Fair, as the bosom of the swan.
            —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  Fair withal, as spirits are.
            —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  Fair as any goddess who sweeps through the Ivory Gate.
            —Mortimer Collins
  As fair as truth.
            —Barry Cornwall
  Fair as cygnet’s down.
            —Nathaniel Cotton
  Fair as light in heaven, or flowers in spring.
            —Allan Cunningham
  Fair as Spenser’s dream.
            —Sydney Dobell
  Fair as those old fields we knew.
            —Sydney Dobell
  Fair as a sculptor’s marble dream.
            —Julia C. R. Dorr
  Fair as the morning’s snow.
            —Ancient Erse
  As honor fair.
            —William Falconer
  As Cynthia fair.
            —Francis Fawkes
  Fair… as all the flowers of May.
            —Francis Fawkes
  Fair as the flowers themselves.
            —John Fletcher
  Fair as Aurora.
            —Alice A. Folger
A face as fair as summer skies,
Where many a blush in ambush lies.
            —H. B. Freeman
  Fair as a young maid asleep beneath new fallen snow.
            —Théphile Gautier
  Fair as the dawn in the spring time.
            —Giacosa and Illica
  Fair as Paphos’ brooks.
            —Robert Greene
  Fair as Helen, Sparta’s pride.
            —Arthur Guiterman
  Fair as the Spring.
            —Walter Harte
  Fair as the summer’s evening skies.
            —Walter Harte
  Fair she is as foam-born Venus.
            —Heinrich Heine
  Fair, Lady Mary, as a lily in the sun.
            —Henry Helford
  Fair as Eve in Paradise.
            —Robert Herrick
  Fair as a god.
            —Homer (Pope)
  Fair as the new-born star that gilds the morn.
            —Homer (Pope)
  Fair is she as the dreams young poets weave.
            —Thomas Hood
  Fair as the wave-bleached lily of the stream.
            —Thomas Hood
  Fair … as the spotless moon upon the midnight sea.
      She as fair as any shepherdess
That ever was in mask or Christmas scene.
            —William Dean Howells
  Fair as a woodland flower.
            —Mary Johnston
  Fair as some wonder out of fairy land.
            —John Keats
  Fairer than Phœbe’s sapphire-region’d star.
            —John Keats
                As fair,
As Sion in her height of pride.
            —John Keble
  Fair as a flower, and faded just as soon.
            —Omar Khayyám
  Fair as the sun.
            —Charles Kingsley
  Fair as bar of gold.
            —Rudyard Kipling
  Fair as Aphrodite rising from the deep-blue Grecian sea.
            —Sigmund Krasinski
  Fair as the moonlight.
            —Letitia Elizabeth Landon
  Fair as original light first from the chaos shot.
            —Richard Lovelace
  You’re fair and fresh as a morning in May.
            —Samuel Lover
  Fair as the garden of God.
            —Lord Lyttelton
  Fair as bride to altar lead.
            —Evan MacColl
  Fair as a Seraph.
            —George Mac-Henry
  Fair as the whitest snow on Scythian hills.
            —Christopher Marlowe
O, thou art fairer than the evening air,
Clad in the beauty of a thousand stars.
            —Christopher Marlowe
  Fair as the spirit of the evening star.
            —Gerald Massey
  Fair as dreams.
            —Owen Meredith
She is fair as the spirit of light,
That floats in the ether on high.
            —Adam Mickiewicz
  Fair as flame.
            —Richard Monckton Milnes
  Fair as the noon sky.
            —John Milton
  Fair as Orion.
            —James Montgomery
  Fair as the rainbow shines through darkening showers.
            —James Montgomery
  Fair as the Moon’s unclouded light.
            —Edward Moore
        Your face is as fair and bright
As the foam on the wave in the morning light.
            —Lewis Morris
Fair as the lightning thwart the sky,
As sun-dyed snow upon the high
Untrodden heaps of threatening stone
The eagle looks upon alone.
            —William Morris
  Fair as an angel from the unknown land.
            —Dinah Maria Mulock
  She is as fair as a peach.
            —Miles O’Reilly
  Fair he was, like the rainbow of heaven.
  Fair as the summer-beauty of the fields.
            —Thomas Otway
  Fairer than snow on the raven’s back.
            —Thomas Otway
  Fair as youth and love.
            —Sir Joseph Noel Paton
  Fair as a musk-willow forest.
  Fair like the rose, ’midst paling flowers the queen.
  As the opening blossom fair.
            —Matthew Prior
  Fair, like goddesses.
            —François Rabelais
  A face as fair as the summer dawn.
            —James Whitcomb Riley
  Fine and fair as your school-boy sweetheart’s hair.
            —James Whitcomb Riley
  Fair as a bridal chamber.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  Fair thou art as moonrise after rain.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  Fair as the flowers that maidens pluck for an hour’s delight.
            —Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  Maiden fair as a silvery dream.
            —Francis S. Saltus
  Fair as the summer.
            —Hayden Sands
  Fair as the earliest beam of eastern light.
            —Sir Walter Scott
  Fair as any mother’s child.
            —William Shakespeare
  Fair as day.
            —William Shakespeare
  Fair as text B in a copy-book.
            —William Shakespeare
  Her face as fair as tho’ she had look’d on Paradise, and caught its early beauty.
            —William Shakespeare
  Fair as breathing marble.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Eyes as fair as star-beams among twilight trees.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Fair as the fabulous asphodels.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Fairer than any wakened eyes behold.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Fair, like stars when the moon is awakened.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Like great god Saturne faire.
            —Sir Philip Sidney
  As fair as the first beams of the morning.
            —Romanian Song
  Faire as Phœbus sunne.
            —Edmund Spenser
  Fair as a fairy.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fair as a field in flower.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fair as all that the world may call most fair, save only the sea’s own face.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
            Fair as any poison-flower
Whose blossom blights the withering bower
Whereon its blasting breath has power.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fair as a star-shaped flower.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fair as dawn.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fair as dreams that die and know not what they were.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fair as even the wakening skies.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fair as flame.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fair as fled foam.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fair as heaven in spring.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fair as hope divines.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fair as life.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fair as peace.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
            Clean and fair
As sunlight and the flowerful air.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fair as the ambient gold of wall-flowers.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fair as the eyes are fair.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fair as the face of the star-clothed night.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fair as the frondage each fleet year sees fade.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fair as the morning.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fair as the sunbright air.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
            Fair as the sundawn’s flame
Seen when May on her first-born day bids earth exult in her radiant name.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fair as the world’s old faith of flowers.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
Fair as thine eye’s beam
Hidden and shown in heaven.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fair as thought could dream.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fair as youth.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Fair as some Arcadian dell.
            —Bayard Taylor
  Fair as the last star that leaves the morning air.
            —Bayard Taylor
  Fair as the loveliest landscape of pastoral England.
            —Bayard Taylor
Fairer than Rachel by the palmy well,
Fairer than Ruth among the fields of corn.
            —Alfred Tennyson
  Fair as the moon.
            —Old Testament
  Fair as the daughters of Job.
            —Old Testament
  Fair as lily leaves.
            —John T. Trowbridge
  Fair as the day that bodes as fair a morrow.
            —August von Platen
  Fair as a statue of marble.
            —Michael Vörösmarty
  Fair as a gorgeous fabric of the East.
            —Michael Vörösmarty
  Fair as the primrose mead, or blushing rose.
            —Thomas Warton
  Fair as in Mirza’s Bagdad dream.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
As Pison was to Eden’s pair.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
  Fairer than the day, or the flowery meads in May.
            —George Withers
Fair as a star, when only one
Is shining in the sky.
            —William Wordsworth
  Fair as beams of light.
            —Thomas Yalden
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