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


Fade as a passing breath.
—Gilbert Abbott À Beckett

Faded as the iris after rain in April’s tearful weather.

Fades as the splendor fades from the sky, when the sun sinks to sleep.

He faded away like a pound of soap in a hard day’s wash.

Fade away like some fabled city of mythology.

Fade like autumn leaves, and fade and die
With no kind hand to raise the head and gently close the dying eye.

Fade … like ghosts prohibited the day.

Faded like snow.

Faded like the morn.
—Arabian Nights

Fades like an unfixed photograph.
—William Archer

Fade like grass.
—Matthew Arnold

Fades awa’ like morning dew.
—Scottish Ballad

Fade away like morning beauty from her mortal day.
—William Blake

As flowers kept too long in the shade … fade.
—Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Fading like moonlight softly into darkness.
—Robert Buchanan

Beauty fades as a tree in winter.
—Robert Burton

Fade like stars before the sun.
—Thomas Campbell

Fade away like a Vesture.
—Thomas Carlyle

Faded … like the mist of a breath on a mirror.
—Joseph Conrad

Fade like morning’s blush.
—Eliza Cook

Fades like the rainbow’s brilliant arch.
—Eliza Cook

Like the fair flow’r dishevell’d in the wind.
—William Cowper

A beauty fading like the April show’rs.
—William Drummond

Fade away like a cloud and vanish.
—James Anthony Froude

Fading, like a morning dream.
—Gerald Griffin

Fades as a kiss on lips of light.
—Frank W. Gunsaulus

Fading away, like a pale English flower, in the shadow of the forest.
—Nathaniel Hawthorne

Faded like a dream of youth.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes

Faded … like dew upon the sea.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes

Fade like the roseate flush, the golden glow,
When the bright curtain of the day is rolled.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes

Fade unspoken,
Like daffodils that die with sheaths unbroken.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes

Fades like an old faith grown gray.
—Brian Hooker

Fade away like the pale sister of the night,
When she resigns her delighted light,
Lost in the blaze of day.
—John Hughes

Faded from me like a dream.
—Victor Hugo

Fade like an August marigold.
—Jean Ingelow

As shadows passing into deeper shade.
—Henry W. Longfellow

Faded slowly from the sight as blushes from the cheek.
—Henry W. Longfellow

Fade away like a thin vapory cloud.
—Lord Lyttelton

Faded like some rich raiment worn of old.
—Rosamund Marriott-Watson

Is all faded, like fragrance,
From the languishing late flowers.
—Owen Meredith

Fading … like a lingering star
That pales at sunrise in the waters of light.
—Lloyd Mifflin

Fades like a funeral lay.
—Thomas Moore

Fades like a once-heard tale.
—Lewis Morris

Fades like sunset flame.
—Constance C. W. Naden

Fading like a ghost
At gray cock-crow.
—John G. Neihardt

How fading are the joys we dote upon!
Like apparitions seen and gone.
—John Norris

Faded away like a woodcock leaves a weasel.
—Edward Peple

Faded like a wreath of mist at eve.
—George D. Prentice

Fade … like a nightmare’s ghastly presence, in the truthful dawn of day.
—Adelaide A. Procter

Fade as a flower in May.
—Richard Pynson

Fade like the gowans in May.
—Allan Ramsay

Fade …
Like stars half quenched in mists of silver dew.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Fade like vapor.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Fade, like the hopes of youth.
—Robert Southey

Fade like to a flowre that feeles no heate of sunne.
—Edmund Spenser

Faded, as fields that withering winds leave dry.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Fade like flame.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Fade as leaves when the woods wax hoary.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

We all do fade as a leaf.
—Old Testament

Fading as hearts forget, as shadows flee.
—Francis O. Ticknor

As placidly as when an infant dies.
—Thomas Ward

Fade, like waves breaking on a dreary shore.
—John Wilson

Fades like the lustre of an evening cloud.
—William Wordsworth