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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
  Absolute as the Sultan of Turkey.  1
  Their ranks are breaking like thin clouds before a Biscay gale.  2
  Busy as the day.  3
  Changes color as a maid at sight of sword and shield.  4
  Like a city without walls, the grandeur of the mortal falls who glories in his strength and makes not God his trust.  5
  Like corn before the sickle the stout Lavinians fell.  6
  Eloquence flows like droppings of sweet poppy syrup.  7
As glares the famished eagle from the Digentian rock
On a choice lamb that bounds alone before Bandusia’s flock,
Herminus glared on Sextus.
  The highest intellects, like the tops of mountains, are the first to catch and reflect the dawn.  9
  A deep sullen murmur … like the moaning noise that goes before the whirlwind on the deep.  10
  Pale as are the dead.  11
  Passed like a dream away.  12
  Patient as sheep.  13
  Plain as the sun in heaven.  14
            The roar of battle rose,
Like the roar of a burning forest, when a strong north wind blows.
  Rushes like a boar against the shouting chase.  16
Shrank, like boys, who, unaware,
Ranging the woods to start a hare,
Come to the mouth of the dark lair where,
Growling low, a fierce old bear
Lies amidst bones and blood.
  Silent as a country churchyard.  18
  Swore like a porter.  19
  Thick as flakes of snow.  20
  Unquenched … like Vesta’s sacred fire.  21

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