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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Pure as a Madonna.
  Pure as a plaster cast mummy with cement toes.
  Pure as a virgin’s kiss.
  Pure as crystal.
  Pure as Heaven’s snowy flake.
  Like infant’s slumbers, pure and light.
  Pure as love’s heart is.
  Pure as Memphian skies that never knew a storm.
  Pure as mountain dew.
  Pure as purest crystallization.
  Pure as the blush of maiden modesty.
  Pure as the dream of a child just descended from the heavens.
  Pure as the lily.
  Pure as the saints above.
  Pure as the pines.
  Pure as the unsullied wing of a bird.
  Pure and pointed as a star.
            —Philip James Bailey
  Pure as the dead.
            —Philip James Bailey
  Pure as the black of the eye.
            —Philip James Bailey
  As pure as the flame that burns upon an altar.
            —Honoré de Balzac
  Pure as the breth of a white male infant.
            —Josh Billings
  Pure az the utterances ov angells.
            —Josh Billings
  Pure as the dawn of Heaven’s unclouded day.
            —Thomas Blacklock
  Pure as the silver from the crucible.
            —Robert Blair
  As pure and glad as he whom first God in Eden placed.
            —Robert Bridges (English)
  Pure as the expanse of Heaven.
            —Henry Brooke
  Pure as blossoms, which are newly blowne.
            —William Browne
  Pure as the grapes in wine.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  Pure as chalk.
            —Robert Browning
  Pure as the Arctic fox that suits the snow.
            —Robert Browning
  Pure as buds before they blow.
            —Michael Bruce
  Pure as the sky.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  Pure as Psyche ere she grew a wife.
            —Lord Byron
Pure as the prayer which
Childhood wafts above.
            —Lord Byron
  Pure as the first blush of day.
            —Pedro Calderón de la Barca
  As pure as gold yfined.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  Pure as the babe.
            —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  Pure as a Saint’s adoring sigh.
            —George Darley
  Pure as fire.
            —Thomas Dekker
  Pure … like aureole round the forehead of a saint.
            —Aubrey De Vere
  Pure as the stars in yon blue sky.
            —Dr. John Doran
  Pure as the breath of the fragrant pine.
            —Julia C. R. Dorr
  Pure as the angel forms above.
            —Joseph Rodman Drake
  Pure as winter snow.
            —Francis A. Fahy
  Pure as unwritten papers.
            —John Ford
  Pure as consecrated water.
            —Théphile Gautier
  Pure as the summer sun of Southern heaven.
            —Sir William Schwenk Gilbert
  Like Diana pure.
            —Richard Glover
Pure like the heart of water,
You are pure like the core of earth.
            —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  Pure as smooth-carven marble.
            —Ian Hamilton
  Pure as the virgin who first led Agrippa.
            —Nathaniel Hawthorne
  Pure as infant’s brow.
            —Paul Hamilton Hayne
Pure as the Hindoo’s votive lamp
On Ganges’ sacred tide.
            —Mary E. Hewitt
  Pure as the dew that filters through the rose.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  Pure as the quarry’s whitest block.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  Pure as starlight shall their deeds of daring glow.
            —William Dean Howells
  Pure as a burning ember.
            —Victor Hugo
  Pure as spirits.
            —Victor Hugo
  Pure as the thoughts of infant innocence.
            —Dr. Samuel Johnson
  Pure as ice-drop that froze on the mountain.
            —John Keats
  As pure from sin and stain, as his when Eden held his virgin heart.
            —John Keble
  Pure as the light of day.
  Pure as purest vestal virgin.
            —Sigmund Krasinski
  Pure as buds before they blow.
            —John Logan
  Pure, as the charities of the skies.
            —John Logan
  Pure as the kiss that waked Endymion.
            —George Mac-Henry
  Pure as the white stars sweeping through the sky.
  Pure as the wild white rain.
            —Edwin Markham
  Pure as the first opening of the blooms in May.
            —John Marston
  She is as pure, as good, and as beautiful as an angel.
            —Guy de Maupassant
  As pure as April’s snowdrops are.
            —Owen Meredith
  Pure as the snow-rob’d angel that guards the holy altar.
            —William J. Mickle
  Pure as sanctity’s best shrine.
            —Thomas Middleton
Pure as the white clouds,
That sail around the moon.
            —Mary Russell Mitford
  Pure as a wreath of snow on April flowers.
            —James Montgomery
  Pure as angel thoughts.
            —Thomas Moore
  Pure as the young moon’s coronet.
            —Thomas Moore
  Pure as bright Aurora’s ray.
            —George P. Morris
  Pure as any maid.
            —Lewis Morris
  Pure as the pure in heart that shall see God.
            —Dinah Maria Mulock
  Pure as Cato’s daughter.
            —Thomas Otway
Pure as the sunbeams gild the placid deep,
When zephyrs close their wings in listless sleep.
            —Andrew Park
  Pure as a bride’s blush.
            —Coventry Patmore
Pure as the permeating fires
That smoulder in the opal’s veins.
            —Coventry Patmore
  Pure as the wishes breathed in prayer.
            —Edgar Allan Poe
  Pure as the summer skies.
            —Winthrop Mackworth Praed
  Pure and chaste as the falling snow.
            —T. Buchanan Read
  Pure as any gowan [daisy].
            —H. Riddell
  As pure and clear as the cherry-blossoms blow in the land of Thus-and-So.
            —James Whitcomb Riley
  Pure as a joyous prayer.
            —James Whitcomb Riley
  Pure as the dove.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  Pure as virgin purity.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  As pure as a mountain spring.
            —John Ruskin
  Pure as thoughts that thrill a saint.
            —A. J. Ryan
  Pure as grace.
            —William Shakespeare
  Pure as sin with baptism.
            —William Shakespeare
  Pure as speechless infancy.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Pure as an infant’s thoughts.
            —Robert Southey
  Pure and painless as a virgin’s dreams.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Pure as at the daydawn of the world.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Pure as faith.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Pure as Eden’s dew.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Desire pure as babe’s that nestles toward the breast.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Pure as fire or flowers or snows.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Pure as heaven.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Pure as love’s heart is.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Pure as one purged of pain that passion bore.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Pure as the dawn and the dew.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Pure as the depth of pain.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Pure as the wind and the sun.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Pure as truth.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Pure as morns of Paradise.
            —Bayard Taylor
  Purer than snow.
            —Old Testament
  Pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
            —Old Testament
  Pure as the breath of dawn.
            —Celia Thaxter
As is the lily or the mountain snow.
            —James Thomson
Pure as the snowy leaves that fold
Over the flower’s heart of gold.
            —Henry Van Dyke
  Pure as melting dew.
            —Garcilaso de la Vega
  Pure as the snowflake ere it falls and takes the stain of earth.
            —Alaric A. Watts
  Pure as Angel-worship.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
  Pure as the mountains of perpetual snow.
            —William Winter
  Pure as nature is.
            —William Wordsworth

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