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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Sir Walter Raleigh (1552–1618)
  Destroyeth the body as ivy doth the old tree, or a worm that engendereth in the kernel of the nut.  1
  Fastened like nails in a cartwheel.  2
  It is with feelings as with waters: the shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb.  3
  For as a wolf resembles a dog, so doth a flatterer a friend. A flatterer is compared to an ape, who, because she can not defend the house like a dog, labour as an ox, or bear burdens as a horse, doth therefore yet play tricks, and provoke laughter.  4
  The Court, it glows, and shines like rotten wood.  5
  Labours like the drops of rain on the sandy ground.  6
            Murmuring to her ears
Like to a falling stream, which, passing slow,
Is wont to nourish sleep and quietness.
  Passions are likened best to floods and streams; the shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb.  8
  Shines like rotten wood.  9
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