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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Richard Hovey
  Aware as the air of the light that fills full all of its girth.  1
  Bald as a Greek monk.  2
  Calm as a Mandarin.  3
  Clear as the glisten of dew on the brier.  4
  Cool as the call of a wind on the still of the sea.  5
  Cosy as a dormouse.  6
  Faint as the dim ghost of a dream-sea.  7
  Fresh and fine as a spring in winter.  8
  Frolic as the snow.  9
Glad as the clay-red
Blaring of battle-horns.
  Hushed, as in waiting for a bird to sing.  11
Idleness feeds on the empty day
As a chameleon on the air.
  Intense as the cling of the sun to the lips of the earth.  13
Joy like the joy of a leaf that unfolds in the sun;
Joy like the joy of a child in the borders of sleep.
  Light as vapor.  15
  Light like a sunbeam shattered into mist.  16
  Light-hearted as a boy.  17
  Lithe as willow.  18
  Rustling like the secret darkness of the soul.  19
  Shrieks like laughter in the demoned hills.  20
Glide as silent as a Dryad
That disappears among the trees.
  As simple as a saint might bathe in lakes of prayer.  22
  Soft as a dream of beauty.  23
  Spotless as a Glastonbury nun.  24
  Spotless as Saint Dorothy.  25
  Sure as a horse when he knows his rider.  26
  Sweet as the hills.  27
A leap and a thrill like the flash of a weaver’s shuttle,
Swift and sudden and sure.
  Wild as a tameless horse of Tartary.  29
  Wilful as the wind.  30

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