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

George Moore

Alert as a bird in the springtime.

Clear as well water.

Emphatic as an oath.

Graceful as a Naiad.

Happy as a priest at a wedding.

Language rises like a spring among the mountains; it increases into a rivulet; then it becomes a river (the water is still unpolluted), but when the river has passed through a town the water must be filtered. And Milton was mentioned as the first filter, the first stylist.

Pathetic as an autumn leaf.

Shy as a wren in the hedgerow.

Unabashed as a little child.

Uncomely as a drove of pigs running down a lane.

Unconsciously as a flower exhales its perfume.