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


Melts like the fitful vapor.
—Grant Allen

Melted away like an image of snow.

Melts like a passing smoke, a nightly dream.
—Matthew Arnold

Melt as in a dream.
—Thomas Boyd

Melted as a star might do,
Still smiling as she melted slow.
—Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Melts in the furnace of desire,
Like glass, that’s but the ice of fire.
—Samuel Butler

Melt, like man, to Time.
—Lord Byron

Melted like a phantasm.
—Pedro de la Barca Calderón

Melt like two hungry torrents.
—George Chapman

Melting, like ghosts before the rising sun.
—Charles Churchill

Melt like straggling snow that falls on fire.
—Aaron Hill

Melted like an image of snow.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes

Melting as a lover’s prayer.
—John Hughes

Melt away into the darkness like a snowflake in the water.
—Victor Hugo

Melt like gold refined.
—Jean Ingelow

Melts in, like the smile that sinks in the face of the dreamer.
—Ebenezer Jones

Sweet Pleasure melteth,
Like the bubbles when rain pelteth.
—John Keats

Melted, as the rose
Blendeth its odour with the violet.
—John Keats

Melts like a pearl in pot of vinegar.
—Justin Huntley McCarthy

Melting, like mist, away.
—Thomas Moore

Melted like vapor in the sun.
—George P. Morris

Fond duties melt away like April snows.
—Dinah Maria Mulock

Like frost work in the morning ray,
The fancied fabric melts away.
—Sir Walter Scott

Melt away,
Like dissolving spray.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Melt, like cloud to cloud.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Melts away
Like moonlight in the heaven of spreading day.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Melted, as in a crucible.
—William Wetmore Story

He melted like a cloud in the silent summer heaven.
—Alfred Tennyson

Melt like mist.
—Alfred Tennyson

Melt away as waters which run continual.
—Old Testament

Melted like wax.
—Old Testament

Melt as an iceberg in the tropics.
—Martin Farquhar Tupper

Melt … like the sun from the day.
—John Wilson