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

Josiah Gilbert Holland

A fit of anger is as fatal to dignity as a dose of arsenic to life.

Dead as a perished delight.

Fluttered noiseless as a flame.

Glows like the old prophets.

Happy as the Day.

Hearts, like apples, are hard and sour,
Till crushed by Pain’s resistless power.

Hearts immaculate as light.

Days, weeks and months lapsed like soft measures, rhyming each with each.

Love is like a well profound,
From which two souls have right to draw,
And in whose waters will be drowned,
The one who takes the other’s law.

As patient under injury as any Christian saint of old.

Plunging like the sea.

Raved like a fiend.

Sleep like a jewel on the breast of faith.

Slid like water.

I started as one startles from a dream.

As true as God.

As white as the pale ashes of a wasted coal.

Wide as the unbridged gulf that yawns between the rich man and the beggar.

A wife is like an unknown sea;
Least known to him who thinks he knows
Where all the Shores of Promise be,
Where lies the Island of Repose,
And where the rocks that he must flee.