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


Surely as night is the shadow of the earth.

Surely as oxygen eats iron.

Surely as that if two men ride a horse, one must ride behind.

Surely as the earth is moving in the spheres.

Surely as the sea-gull loves the sea, and the sunflower loves the sun.

Surely as a fallen stone must fall to its mother earth.

Surely as we wish the joys of Heaven.

Surely as fame belongs to earth.
—R. D. Blackmore

As surely as the internal motions of the watch are indicated on its face.
—Marie G. Brooks

Surely as the starry multitude
Is numbered by the sailors.
—Robert Browning

Surely as a blind man is pulled by his dog into the butcher’s shop.
—Maurice Hewlett

Surely as the same sunshine of heaven is on the mountain tops of east and west.
—Leigh Hunt

Surely as musical ears are pained by a discord.
—George Meredith

Surely as the heavens are mirrored in the quiet seas.
—George Meredith

Surely as there is hope in man.
—Donald G. Mitchell

Surely as cometh the Winter, I know
There are Spring violets under the snow.
—Robert H. Newell

Surely as Winter taketh all.
—T. Buchanan Read

Surely as the hours came round.
—Samuel Rogers

Surely as the day-star loves the sun.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Surely and as certainly as the hawthorn must blossom in spring and the corn burn to gold at harvest time, and the moon in her ordered wanderings change from shield to sickle, and from sickle to shield.
—Oscar Wilde