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


Die like a dog in a ditch.

The fresh roses on your cheeks shall die,
Like flowers that wither in the shade.
—Aphra Behn

Parting day
Dies like the dolphin, whom each pang imbues
With a new colour as it gasps away,
The last still loveliest, till—’tis gone, and all is gray.
—Lord Byron

Dies like cookery with the day that brought it forth.
—Thomas Carlyle

Die like a rat in hole.
—Ranger Gull

A remnant of beauty was dying out upon this face of sixteen, like the pale sun which is extinguished by frightful clouds at the dawn of a winter’s day.
—Victor Hugo

It died away
Like the pale sunbeam of a weeping day.
—Jacques Jasmin

All my glories die,
Like flowers transplanted to a colder sky.
—Lord Lyttelton

She died—as die the roses
On the ruddy clouds of dawn,
When the envious sun discloses
His flame, and morning’s gone.
—Evan MacColl

Dies away,
Like relics of some faded strain, loved voices, lost for many a day.
—Thomas Moore

Die as April’s cowslips die.
—John Payne

Dies away like a peal of cathedral bells.
—Bernardin de Saint-Pierre

Dies as dreams that die with the sleep they feed.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

As a star feels the sun and falters,
Touched to death by diviner eyes—
As on the old gods’ untended altars
The old fire of withered worship dies.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Die as a leaf that dies in a day.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Died like odor rapt in the winged wind,
Borne into the alien lands and far away.
—Alfred Tennyson

Died away like a sigh in the shadow of the infinite vault.
—Giovanni Verga