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

Henry Van Dyke

As bare as a hornet’s cell.

Dissolved, like a fragment of ice that melts in the summer sea.

Dry and yellow as parchment.

Glimmered like a faint, vanishing tinge of blood on snow.

Pure as the snowy leaves that fold
Over the flower’s heart of gold.

Softly as full-blown flower
Unfolds its heart to welcome in the dawn.

Strong as an oaken staff.

A talkative person is like an English sparrow,—a bird that cannot sing, and will, and ought to be persuaded not to try to sing.

Trembling, like those battlements of stone
That fell in fear when Joshua’s horns were blown.