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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Languish
 
  Languish like a withering flower.
            —Thomas Otway
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                Languisheth
As lily drooping to death,
As a drought-worn bird with failing breath,
As a lovely vine without a stay,
As a tree whereof the owner saith,
“Hew it down to-day.” Christina Georgina Rossetti
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Even as poor birds, deceived with painted grapes,
Do surfeit by the eye and pine the maw,
Even so she languisheth in her mishaps,
As those poor birds that helpless berries saw.
            —William Shakespeare
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  Languish as the leafe faln from the tree.
            —Edmund Spenser
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