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Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.

Amélie Rives

Thy mind is like a mirror swung in space,
And whirling on a thread. Now it reflecteth
The heavens, and now the earth. Now doth the lightning
Write hieroglyphs upon it, and anon
Some deep-sea monster glooms it with his bulk.

Smirk … like a dog scratching his ear.