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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Melancholy
 
  Melancholy as a graveyard on a rainy day.
            —Anonymous
  1
  Melancholy as a hearse-plume.
            —Anonymous
  2
  Melancholy as a mourning-coach in a snowstorm.
            —Anonymous
  3
  Melancholy as a squeezed lemon.
            —Anonymous
  4
  Melancholy as a tailor.
            —Anonymous
  5
  Melancholy as the moon at full.
            —Philip James Bailey
  6
  Melancholy as a Quaker meeting-house by moonlight.
            —J. R. Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms
  7
  Melancholy … like a gamester that has lost his money.
            —Beaumont and Fletcher
  8
  Melancholy as a cow.
            —George H. Boker
  9
  Melancholy as Monks and Hermits.
            —Robert Burton
  10
  Melancholy as Irish melodies.
            —Bliss Carman
  11
  Melancholy as an unbraced drum.
            —Mrs. Susannah Centlivre
  12
  Melancholy sound … like the weeping of a solitary, deserted human heart.
            —Guy de Maupassant
  13
  Melancholy as a slighted damsel.
            —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  14
  Melancholy, like the voice of a child that was spending its infancy without playfulness.
            —Nathaniel Hawthorne
  15
  Melancholic as midnight.
            —Ben Jonson
  16
  Melancholy as a cat.
            —John Lyly
  17
            A melancholy strain,
Like the low moaning of the distant sea.
            —Edgar Allan Poe
  18
  Melancholy as a gib cat.
            —William Shakespeare
  19
  Melancholy as a lodge in a warren.
            —William Shakespeare
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