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

Celia Thaxter

Dancing like a bright and buoyant flame.

Like a flower in the frost.

Ethereal, like a lovely ghost
Soft looming in the hazy distance dreaming.

Glided like a dream.

Glorious as if a glimpse were given
Within the western gates of heaven.

Grieve like the stranger-tended child,
Which seeks its mother’s arms, and sees and feels them not.

Joyous as the laughter of a child.

Light as a dry leaf in the winter woods.

Mournful, like the voice of one who raves.

Pure as the breath of dawn.

Rosy as rifts of dawn.

Shrieking, like a soul in pain.

Steady as tramp of marching feet.

Subtle as light.

Sweet as the apple-blossoms.

Sweet and fresh
As the flower-skirted streams of Staffordshire.

Sweet as the music of Apollo’s lyre.

Unconscious as a flower.

Worthless as the lightest falling leaf.