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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
William Shakespeare
  Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
  Age like winter bare.  2
  Alike as my fingers is to my fingers.  3
  Alone, like one that had the pestilence.  4
        Amazed, as one that unaware
Hath dropp’d a precious jewel in the flood.
  Anger is like a full-hot horse, who being allowed his way, self-mettle tires him.  6
  As apt as new-fall’n snow takes any dint.  7
                Behold mine arm
Is like a blasted sapling, withered up.
As Cerberus at Thracian poet’s feet.
  Barred, like one infectious.  10
                Brain as barren
As banks of Libya.
  Bearded like the pard.  12
Ah! yet doth beauty like a dial-hand,
Steal from his figure and no pace perceived.
  Bewitching like the wanton mermaid’s song.  14
Another stain, as big as hell can hold,
Were there no more but it.
  Bitter as coloquintida.  16
  Bitter to me as death.  17
  Black as Acheron.  18
As if besmear’d in hell.
  Black as incest.  20
  Black as ink.  21
  Black as Vulcan in the smoke of war.  22
            Like a mildewed ear,
Blasting his wholesome brother.
  Bloody as the hunter.  24
  Blue as bilbery.  25
  Blunt as the fencer’s foils, which hit, but hurt not.  26
  Blush … like a black dog, as the saying is.  27
  Boundless as the sea.  28
As mines of India.
  Bowed like bondmen.  30
Breaking his oath and resolution, like
A twist of rotten silk.
Breathing like sanctified and pious bawds,
The better to beguile.
  Brief as the lightning in the collied night.  33
  Broad and general as the casing air.  34
  Brown in hue as hazel nuts.  35
  Burn like mines of sulphur.  36
  Calm as virtue.  37
            Carouse together
Like friends long lost.
            Carved like an apple-tart
Here’s snip, and nip, and cut, and slish, and slash,
Like a censer in a barber’s shop.
  Catch at us, like strumpets.  40
  Chaste as Diana.  41
  Chaste as ice.  42
  Chaste as is the bud ere it be blown.  43
  Chaste as the icicle.  44
  Chaste as unsunned snow.  45
  Cheap as lies.  46
  Cheap as stinking mackerel.  47
  Checked like a bondman.  48
The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars,
As daylight doth a lamp.
  Had wet their cheeks, like trees bedashed with rain.  50
                Chide as loud
As thunder.
  More clamorous than a parrot against rain.  52
  Clawed like a parrot.  53
  Clean as a sound sheep’s heart.  54
As morning roses newly washed with dew.
  Clear as the summer’s sun.  56
As yonder Venus in her glimmering sphere.
  Countenance as clear as friendship wears at feasts.  58
  Clear as founts in July.  59
  Cold as a dead man’s nose.  60
  Cold as a snowball.  61
  My belly is as cold as if I had swallowed snowballs for pills to cool the veins.  62
  Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.  63
        That comfort comes too late;
’Tis like a pardon after execution.
As frozen water to a starved snake.
  Commands like a full soldier.  66
            Common as the stairs
That mount the Capitol.
  Concave as a covered goblet, or a worm-eaten nut.  68
Sorrow concealed, like an oven stopped,
Doth burn the heart to cinders.
  Confident, as is the falcon’s flight.  70
  Confounds thy fame, as whirlwinds shake fair buds.  71
But I am as constant as the northern star
Of whose true-fix’d and resting quality
There is no fellow in the firmament.
  Contention, like a horse full of high feeding, madly hath broke loose, and bears down all before him.  73
Contract and purse thy brow together
As if thou then hadst shut up in thy brain
Some horrible conceit.
  Countenance as clear as friendship wears at feasts.  75
Wheresoe’er we went, like Juno’s swans,
Still we went coupled, and inseparable.
  Cowardly as a wild duck.  77
  Cream and mantle, like a standing pond.  78
  Creep like shadows.  79
                Creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school.
  Crest-fallen as a dried pear.  81
  Crow like chanticleer.  82
  Curd, like eager droppings into milk.  83
  Curst, and shrewd as Socrates’ Xantippe.  84
  Cursing like a very drab.  85
  More dangerous, than baits to fish.  86
  Dark as Egypt.  87
  Dark as Erebus.  88
  Dark as hell.  89
  Dark as ignorance.  90
              Their influence darts
Like subtle poison through the bloodless veins of desolate society.
  Dead as earth.  92
Death lies on her, like an untimely frost
Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.
  The venom clamours of a jealous woman poison more deadly than a dog’s tooth.  94
  Deaf as the sea.  95
  Dear as my finger.  96
  As dear to me as life itself.  97
  Dearer than eye-sight, space, and liberty.  98
            As soon decay’d and done
As is the morning’s silver-melting dew.
  Deep as hell.  100
  Deep as the sea.  101
Degraded, like a hedge-born swain
That doth presume to boast of gentle blood.
These violent delights have violent ends,
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which, as they kiss, consume.
  Difference … between jet and ivory.  104
  His speech was like a tangled chain; nothing impaired, but all disordered.  105
  Dive, like buckets, in concealed wells.  106
  Divide me like a bribe-buck, each a haunch.  107
            Doubtful it stood;
As two spent swimmers, that do cling together
And choke their art.
Droops … like over-ripen’d corn
Hanging the head of Ceres’ plenteous load.
  Dropped, as by a thunder-stroke.  110
Drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees
Their medicinal gum.
  Droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven.  112
  Dry as dust.  113
  Dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage.  114
  Dull as night.  115
  Duller than a great thaw.  116
  Easy as a down-bed.  117
  Easy as lying.  118
  Easy as to set dogs on sheep.  119
  Easy as thanks.  120
I was of late as petty to his ends,
As is the morn-dew on the myrtle leaf
To his grand sea.
  An eye, like Mars, to threaten and command.  122
Her eyes, as murder’d with the view,
Like stars ashamed of day, themselves withdrew.
            Thy eyes’ windows fall,
Like death, when he shuts up the day of life.
                His eye
Red as ’twould burn Rome.
  His eyes, like glow-worms, shine when he doth fret.  126
Her eyes, like marigolds, had sheath’d their light,
And canopied in darkness sweetly lay,
Till they might open to adorn the day.
  Fair as any mother’s child.  128
  Fair as day.  129
  Fair as text B in a copy-book.  130
  Her face as fair as tho’ she had look’d on Paradise, and caught its early beauty.  131
                Falls like Lucifer,
Never to hope again.
  False as dice.  133
  False as dicers’ oaths.  134
  False as hell.  135
As stairs of sand.
  False as water.  137
  False … as wolf to heifer’s calf.  138
  Familiar as his garter.  139
  Familiar in his mouth as household words.  140
Talks as familiarly of roaring lions
As maids of thirteen do of puppy-dogs.
  As far from help as limbo is from bliss.  142
So far from sounding and discovery,
As is the bud bit with an envious worm,
Ere he can spread his sweet leaves to the air,
Or dedicate his beauty to the sun.
As lagging fowls before the northern blast.
  Drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees
Their medicinal gum.
  Entrap the hearts of men, faster than gnats in cobwebs.  146
  Faster than thought or time.  147
  Fat as butter.  148
  Fat as tame things.  149
Fat and fulsome to mine ear
As howling after music.
  Fawned like hounds.  151
As corn o’ergrown by weeds, so heedful fear
Is almost chok’d by unresisted lust.
  Trembling fear, as fowl hear falcon’s bells.  153
  Fearful as a siege.  154
  Feed like an oxen at a stall.  155
  Firm as faith.  156
  Firm as rocky mountains.  157
  As fit as ten groats is for the hand of an attorney, as your French crown for your taffeta punk, as Tib’s rush for Tom’s fore-finger, as pancake for Shrove-Tuesday, a morris for May-day, as the nail to his hole, the cuckold to his horn, as a scolding queen to a wrangling knave, as the nun’s lip to the friar’s mouth; nay, as the pudding to his skin.  158
  Fleeter than the roe.  159
  Flow as hugely as the sea.  160
  Fluent as the sea.  161
  Fly like chidden Mercury from Jove.  162
  Like falcon to the lure, away she flies.  163
  Fly like thought.  164
Like soldiers, when their captain once doth yield,
They basely fly.
  Follow, as the night the day.  166
  Fonder than ignorance.  167
  Fools are as like husbands as pilchards are to herrings.  168
  Foolery, sir, does walk about the orb like the sun: it shines everywhere.  169
  Foul as slander.  170
  Foul as Vulcan’s stithy.  171
  Free as mountain winds.  172
  Freer than a jailer.  173
  Fresh as a bridegroom.  174
  Fresh as Dian’s visage.  175
  Fresh as morning’s dew distill’d on flowers.  176
  Frets like a gummed velvet.  177
  Fruitful as the free elements.  178
  Fruitful as the land that feeds us.  179
  As full of labour as a wise man’s art.  180
  Full of quarrels as an egg is full of meat.  181
  Full of spirit as the month of May.  182
  As full of sorrows as the seas of sands.  183
      As fat and fulsome to mine ear
As howling after music.
  Gabble like tinkers.  185
  Gaunt as a grave.  186
  Broad and general as the casing air.  187
  Gentle as the cradle-babe.  188
            They are as gentle
As zephyrs blowing below the violet.
  Gently as any sucking dove.  190
                Thou art
As glorious to this night, being o’er my head,
As is a winged messenger of heaven
Unto the white-upturned wondering eyes
Of mortals.
Glory is like a circle in the water,
Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself,
Till by broad spreading it disperse to naught.
  Glowed like plated Mars.  193
  Gorgeous as the sun at midsummer.  194
  Gray as glass.  195
  Green as leeks.  196
  Grew like the summer’s grass.  197
                Grin like lions
Upon the pikes o’ the hunters.
  Gripe as hard Cassibelan.  199
  Gross as a mountain.  200
  Gross as ignorance made drunk.  201
Like a thousand vanquish’d men in bloody flight.
  Grew like the summer grass.  203
  Hacked like a hand-saw.  204
  Her hair, like golden threads, play’d with her breath.  205
  Hung like an icicle on a Dutchman’s beard.  206
            His listless hand
Hung like dead bone within its withered skin.
  Hangs like flax on a distaff.  208
  Hang me in a bottle like a cat, and shoot at me.  209
  Hang upon him like a disease.  210
  Hang upon my tongue like a new-married wife upon her husband’s neck.  211
  She hangs upon the cheek of night
Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear.
  Happy as the fairest of all.  213
  Hard as steel.  214
  Hard as the palm of ploughman.  215
  Hardy as the Nemean lion’s nerve.  216
Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore,
So do our minutes hasten to their end.
  Hasty as fire.  218
  Hasty, like a Scotch jig.  219
  I do hate him as I do hell pains.  220
  Hate is as an unfilled can.  221
  Hateful as Cocytus’ misty mouth.  222
  Hateful to me as the reek of a lime-kiln.  223
  Haunt thee like a wicked conscience.  224
                I hang the head
As flowers with frost, or grasses bent with storms.
  All in a heap, like a slaughtered lamb.  226
  As far from help as limbo is from bliss.  227
  High as heaven itself.  228
  Hollow as a ghost.  229
  Honest as the skin between his brows.  230
  Hooted at like an old tale.  231
  Hop as light as bird from brier.  232
Who builds his hope in air of your fair looks,
Lives like a drunken sailor on a mast;
Ready, with every nod, to tumble down
Into the fatal bowels of the deep.
  Hot as coals of glowing fire.  234
  Hot as gunpowder.  235
  Hot as molten lead.  236
  Hot as monkeys.  237
  Hot as Perseus.  238
  Huge as high Olympus.  239
    Humbly as they used to creep
To holy altars.
  Humorous as winter.  241
            Hungry as the sea,
And can digest as much.
  Hush as death.  243
  Hushed as midnight.  244
  Ignorant as dirt.  245
  More inconstant than the wind.  246
  Indistinct as water is in water.  247
  Innocent as grace itself.  248
Wheresoe’er we went, like Juno’s swans,
Still we went coupled, and inseparable.
As a nose on a man’s face, or a weathercock on a steeple.
  Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune, and harsh.  251
  Jealous as a Barbary cock pigeon over his hen.  252
  Keen as razor’s edge.  253
  Kill one another by the look, like cockatrices.  254
Even as poor birds, deceived with painted grapes,
Do surfeit by the eye and pine the maw,
Even so she languisheth in her mishaps,
As those poor birds that helpless berries saw.
                Comes too late;
’Tis like a pardon after execution.
  Laugh, like parrots, at a bag-piper.  257
  Lawful as eating.  258
            Leads them like a thing
Made by some other deity than nature.
  Lecherous as a monkey.  260
  Level as the cannon to his blank.  261
  Liberal as the casing air.  262
  Lies like truth.  263
  Trifles light as air.  264
            No more like my father
Than I to Hercules.
  Alike as my fingers is to my fingers.  266
  As like, as rain to water, or devil to his dam.  267
  Like as eggs.  268
  As like this as a crab is like an apple.  269
            As like you,
As cherry is to cherry.
She lingers my desires,
Like to a step-dame, or a dowager,
Long withering out a young man’s revenue.
  Loathsome as a toad.  272
Hang loose about him, like a giant’s robe
Upon a dwarfish thief.
  Speak as loud as Mars.  274
            Love is like a child,
That longs for everything that he can come by.
Love like a shadow flies, when substance love pursues;
Pursuing that that flies, and flying what pursues.
Love, that comes too late,
Like a remorseful pardon slowly carried,
To a great sender turns a sour offence,
Crying, that’s good that’s gone.
  Low as to the fiends.  278
  As low as hell’s from heaven.  279
  Luscious as locusts.  280
  Lustrous as ebony.  281
  Mad as Ajax.  282
                More mad
Than Telamon for his shield.
  Mad as the vexed sea.  284
  Magnanimous as Agamemnon.  285
  Maliciously like poison.  286
            Men, like butterflies,
Shew not their mealy wings but to the summer;
And not a man, for being simply man,
Hath any honour.
  Cream and mantle, like a standing pool.  288
  Meek, like a bankrupt beggar.  289
  Melancholy as a gib cat.  290
  Melancholy as a lodge in a warren.  291
The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth, as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blessed;
It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes.
  Merry as the day is long.  293
As merry, as when our nuptial day was done,
And tapers burned to bedward.
  Merry as crickets.  295
  Mild as a dove.  296
For ’tis the mind that makes the body rich;
And as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds,
So honor peereth in the meanest habit.
What, is the jay more precious than the lark,
Because his feathers are more beautiful.
  Modest as justice.  298
Modest as morning when she coldly eyes
The youthful Phœbus.
  Modest as a dove.  300
  Momentary as a sound.  301
  Mortal as an old man’s life.  302
  Sweet and musical as bright Apollo’s lute strung with his hair.  303
  Naked as the vulgar air.  304
  Notched him like a carbonado.  305
  Obedient as the scabbard.  306
  Old as Sibylla.  307
  Open as day, for melting charity.  308
  Overcome us like a summer’s cloud.  309
O’erwhelming his fair sight,
Like misty vapors when they blot the sky.
  Pale as a clout in the versal world.  311
  Pale, as if a bear was at his heels.  312
  Pale as milk.  313
  Pale lustre like the silver moon.  314
  Pale as his shirt.  315
                A sudden pale,
Like lawn being spread upon the blushing rose.
                Parted thence,
As pearls from diamonds dropped.
                Pass’d by me
As misers do by beggars.
  Pat he comes, like the catastrophe of the old comedy.  319
  Patient as a gentle stream.  320
  Patient as the female dove.  321
  Perfumed like a milliner.  322
It shall as level to your judgment pierce
As day does to your eye.
  Piercing as the mid-day sun.  324
And pity, like a naked, new-born babe,
Striding the blast, or heaven’s cherubin, hors’d
Upon the sightless couriers of the air,
Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye,
That tears shall drown the wind.
  Plain as the plain bald pate of Father Time himself.  326
  Plain as way to parish church.  327
  Plainly as heaven sees earth and earth sees heaven.  328
  Plead like angels, trumpet-tongued.  329
  As plenty as blackberries.  330
  Poor as Job.  331
  Poor as winter.  332
  Positive as the earth is firm.  333
  Prate like one i’ the stocks.  334
                More precious
Than the rich-jewell’d coffer of Darius.
                Prey on itself,
Like monsters of the deep.
  Pricks like thorn.  337
  Prime as goats.  338
                Cease thy counsel,
Which falls into mine ears as profitless
As water in a sieve.
Promises are like Adonis’ gardens,
That one day bloom’d and fruitful were the next.
  Proud as an enjoyer.  341
  Pure as grace.  342
  Pure as sin with baptism.  343
  Quarrelous as the weasel.  344
  Thy wit is as quick as the greyhound’s mouth.  345
  Quiet as a lamb.  346
  Rage like an angry bear, chafed with sweat.  347
  Ragged as Lazarus.  348
  Rank as a fox.  349
  Rank as any flax-wench.  350
  Rash as fire.  351
  Ravish like enchanting harmony.  352
  Ready as a borrower’s cap.  353
  Like an over-charged gun, recoil.  354
  Red as fire.  355
  Red as Mars.  356
  Red as new-enkindled fire.  357
  Red as Titan’s face.  358
        Whose rage doth rend
Like interrupted waters.
                Resemble …
As much as an apple doth an oyster.
  Resounds like heaven’s thunder.  361
  Rheumatic as two dry toasts.  362
And I as rich in having such a jewel,
As twenty seas, if all their sand were pearl,
The water nectar, and the rocks pure gold.
                Rich …
As is the ooze and bottom of the sea,
With sunken wrack and sumless treasuries.
  Rise from the ground like feather’d Mercury.  365
As ever oak or stone was sound.
                Were she as rough
As are the swelling Adriatic seas.
  Ruled, like a wandering planet.  368
  Ruminates like an hostess that hath no arithmetic but her brain to set down her reckoning.  369
  Sad as night.  370
  Safe as Priam is in Ilion.  371
  Scald like molten lead.  372
  Scaring the ladies like a crow-keeper.  373
Hath more scars of sorrow in his heart
Than foeman’s marks upon his batter’d shield.
  Secure as sleep.  375
        Sever’d, like a flight of fowl
Scatter’d by winds and high tempestuous gusts.
  Shaked like a coward.  377
  Shake like a field of beaten corn.  378
  Shakes, like a thing unfirm.  379
Would shame those stars,
As daylight doth a lamp.
  Sharp as my needle.  381
  More sharp than filed steel.  382
How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is
To have a thankless child.
  Nose was as sharp as a pen.  384
  Sharp as his spur.  385
As gloriously as the Venus of the sky.
  Shiver’d like an egg.  387
  Short as any dream.  388
  Curst and shrewd as Socrates’ Xanthippe.  389
  Shrieks like mandrakes’ torn out of the earth.  390
  Sighing like furnace.  391
  Sigh, like a school-boy that had lost his A, B, C.  392
  Sigh like Tom o’ Bedlam.  393
  Simpler than the infancy of truth.  394
About the caldron sing,
Like elves and fairies in a ring.
  Sat like patience on a monument,
Smiling at grief.
  Skilless as unpractis’d infancy.  397
  Slanderous as Satan.  398
Like to a censer in a barber’s shop.
  Sleep she as sound as careless infancy.  400
Like the hazel-twig
Is straight and slender.
        Slipp’d me like his greyhound,
Which runs himself and catches for his master.
  As slippery as the Gordian knot was hard.  403
  Smart as lizards’ stings.  404
  He smells like a fish; a very ancient and fish-like smell.  405
Smiling, as some fly had tickled slumber,
Not as death’s dart, being laughed at.
  Smooth as oil.  407
  Smooth as monumental alabaster.  408
  Snorting like a horse.  409
  Soft as air.  410
  Soft as sinews of the new-born babe.  411
  Soft as the dove’s down.  412
  Soft as the parasite’s silk.  413
  Soft as young down.  414
Sorrow concealed, like an oven stopp’d,
Doth burn the heart to cinders.
Sorrow, like a heavy-hanging bell,
Once set on ringing, with his own weight goes;
Then little strength rings out the doleful knell.
An evil soul, producing holy witness,
Is like a villain with a smiling cheek;
A good apple rotten at the heart.
O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath.
  He hath a heart as sound as a bell, and his tongue is the clapper.  418
  As sovereign as the blood of hearts.  419
  Sparkle like the beaten flint.  420
  His speech was like a tangled chain; nothing impaired, but all disordered.  421
  Spotted like a pard.  422
  I spurn thee like a cur out of my way.  423
    Stain’d, as meadows yet not dry,
With miry slime left on them by a flood.
  Stand at your door like a sheriff’s post.  425
Like wonder-wounded hearers.
  Stood like a man at a mark with a whole army shooting at me.  427
                Stand on end,
Like quills upon the fretful porcupine.
Like dumb statues, or breathing stones,
Stared each on other.
  Starts, like one that spies an adder.  430
  Like fruit unripe, sticks on the tree.  431
  Still as the grave.  432
  Stretched along, like a wounded knight.  433
      Confirmations strong
As proofs of holy writ.
  Strong as Pluto’s gates.  435
  Strong as the axletree.  436
  Strong as … rash gunpowder.  437
  More stubborn-hard than hammer’d iron.  438
Study is like the heaven’s glorious sun,
That will not be deep-search’d with saucy looks.
  Stuff up his lust, as minutes fill up hours.  440
                A point as subtle
As Ariachne’s broken woof.
  Subtle as the fox for prey.  442
  Sure as bark on a tree.  443
  Sure as day.  444
  Sure as I live.  445
  Sure as I have thought or soul.  446
  Swart, like my shoe.  447
  Swear like a comfit-maker’s wife.  448
Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
  Sweet as balm.  450
            Sweet, and musical,
As bright Apollo’s lute.
  Sweet as damask roses.  452
Sweet as ditties highly penn’d,
Sung by a fair queen in a summer’s bower.
  Sweet as spring-time flowers.  454
Sweeter than the lids of Juno’s eyes,
Or Cytherea’s breath.
  Swell, like round and orient pearls.  456
  Swift as a shadow.  457
  Swift as breathed stags.  458
  Swift as frenzy’s thoughts.  459
  Swift as lead.  460
                As swift
As meditation, or the thoughts of love.
  Swift as quicksilver.  462
                Swift as stones
Enforced from the old Assyrian slings.
  Swifter than arrow from the Tartar’s bow.  464
  Swift as thought.  465
  Swift in motion as a ball.  466
  Swifter than he that gibbets on the brewer’s bucket.  467
  Swifter than the moon’s sphere.  468
  Swim like a duck.  469
  Talks like a knell, and his hum a battery.  470
  Tamer than sleep.  471
                Then fresh tears
Stood on her cheeks, as doth the honey-dew
Upon a gather’d lily almost wither’d.
  Tedious as a king.  473
As a tired horse, a railing wife.
            So tedious is this day,
As is the night before some festival
To an impatient child, that hath new robes,
And may not wear them.
  Temperate as the morn.  476
  Tender as infancy and grace.  477
Tenderly be led by the nose,
As asses are.
  Thick as honeycomb.  479
  Thick as Tewksbury mustard.  480
  Thick as thought could make ’em.  481
  Thin of substance as the air.  482
  A thought unknown is as a thought unacted.  483
  Thunder as Jove himself does.  484
For time is like a fashionable host
That slightly shakes his parting guest by the hand,
And with the arms outstretch’d, as he would fly,
Grasps in the comer: welcome ever smiles,
And farewell goes out sighing.
            So we grew together,
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
But yet an union in partition;
Two lovely berries moulded on one stem;
So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart,
Two of the first, like coats in heraldry,
Due but to one and crowned with one crest.
            Join they all together,
Like many clouds consulting for foul weather.
  The power of beauty will sooner transform honesty from what it is to a bawd, than the force of honesty can translate beauty into his likeness.  488
  Transparent as barricadoes.  489
  Tremble like aspen leaves.  490
Trifles light as air
Are to the jealous confirmation strong
As proofs of holy writ.
  Trimm’d like a younker prancing to his love.  492
  Trot, like a servile footman, all day long.  493
  Troubled, like a fountain stirr’d.  494
True as steel, as plantage to the moon,
As sun to day, as turtle to her mate,
As iron to adamant, as earth to the centre.
  As true as truth’s simplicity.  496
  As true as truest horse, that yet would never tire.  497
            Keep as true in soul
As doth that orbed continent the fire
That severs day from night.
  True as I live.  499
                Turn him off,
Like to the empty ass, to shake his ears,
And graze in commons.
  Turn o’ the toe like a parish-top.  501
  Ugly as a bear.  502
  Unarm’d as bending angels.  503
Like far-off mountains turned into clouds.
Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
Thou art not so unkind
As man’s ingratitude.
        Unlustrous as the smoky light
That’s fed with stinking tallow.
  Like fruit unripe, sticks on the tree.  507
  ’Tis destiny unshunnable, like death.  508
  Upright as the cedar.  509
  Upright as a wild Morisco.  510
  Valiant as a lion.  511
  Valiant as the wrathful dove or most magnanimous mouse.  512
  Valiant as Hercules.  513
  As valiant a man as Mark Anthony.  514
  Less valiant than the virgin in the night.  515
  Valorous as Hector of Troy.  516
  Vanisheth as smoke from Ætna.  517
  Vanish like hailstones.  518
            I have ventur’d,
Like little wanton boys that swim on bladders,
This many summers in a sea of glory,
But far beyond my depth: my high-blown pride
At length broke under me; and now has left me,
Weary and old with service, to the mercy
Of a rude stream, that must forever hide me.
  Vigilant as a cat to steal cream.  520
  More vindictive than jealous love.  521
  Virginity, like an old courtier, wears her cap out of fashion.  522
        Walk like sprites
To countenance this horror.
  Wanton as a child.  524
  Wanton as youthful goats.  525
  Warlike as the wolf.  526
  Watch, like one that fears robbing.  527
  Waved like the enridged sea.  528
  Weaker than a woman’s tear.  529
  Weaker than the wine.  530
Weary, with her hard embracing,
Like a wild bird being tamed with too much handling,
Or as the fleet-foot roe that’s tired with chasing,
Or like the froward infant still’d with dandling.
  Weep, like a young wench that had buried her grandam.  532
  Weeps like a wench that had shed her milk.  533
                Welcome hither
As is the spring to the earth.
  The night to the owl and morn to the lark less welcome.  535
  Whirled like a potter’s wheel.  536
  White as a lily.  537
  Soft as dove’s down and as white.  538
  White his shroud as the mountain snow.  539
  Teeth as white as whale’s bone.  540
                Perfect white
Show’d like an April daisy on the grass.
  Whole as a fish.  542
  Whole as the marble.  543
  Wildly as some vex’d and angry sea madly throws up its ancient firm foundation.  544
  Wild as young bulls.  545
  Wild as haggards of the rock.  546
                The other wild,
Like an unpractised swimmer plunging still.
            With a heart as willing
As bondage e’er of freedom.
  Wit … blunt as the fencer’s foils.  549
  Withered like an old apple-John.  550
  Like a blasted sapling, withered up.  551
Women are like roses, whose fair flower
Being once displayed, doth fall that very hour.
A woman, that is like a German clock,
Still a-repairing, ever out of frame,
And never going right, being a watch,
But being watch’d that it may still go right!
A woman mov’d is like a fountain troubled,
Muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty;
And, while it is so, none so dry and thirsty
Will deign to sip, or touch one drop of it.
  These words, like daggers, enter in mine ears.  555
            Wounds … show
Like graves i’ the holy church-yard.
                Dire yell,
As when, by night and negligence, the fire
Is spied in populous cities.
                Yell’d out
Like syllable of dolour.
Youth like summer morn, age like winter weather,
Youth like summer brave, age like winter bare.
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