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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Trembled as though she were going to commit a wicked action.
            —Hans Christian Andersen
  Trembled as a flame blown by the wind.
  Trembled like a hymn.
  Trembling like needle to the pole.
  Trembled … like some high oak by a fierce tempest shaken.
  Tremble like the body of a guitar.
  Trembled like cold jelly.
  Trembled like the devil.
  Trembled like the strings of a violin.
                Trembles …
As the distracted herd, when they the lion meet.
  She trembled, like the stem of a reed.
  Trembling like a man with the palsy.
            —J. M. Barrie
  Trembles like the luv-smitten harte ov a damsell.
            —Josh Billings
  Trembling, as sunshine comes through aspen-leaves.
            —R. D. Blackmore
  Trembled like a folded sheep at the bleating of her lamb.
            —R. D. Blackmore
  Tremble, like the trembling of an arch ere the key-stone is put in.
            —R. D. Blackmore
  Trembling, like water after sunset.
            —R. D. Blackmore
  Tremble … like a netted lioness.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  Trembling like a tub of size.
            —Robert Browning
  As a fish taken from his watery home and thrown in the dry ground, our thought trembles all over in order to escape the dominion of Mara [the tempter].
  Trembling like an ague.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  Trembled as at an earthquake.
            —Giosuè Carducci
  Trembling like a frightened deer which is seeking a place of refuge.
            —Lewis Carroll
  Tremble like a fragile reed.
            —Eliza Cook
  Tremble like dew on violet’s leaves.
            —Eliza Cook
Like the loose wrack in the sky,
When the four wild winds assemble.
            —Barry Cornwall
Trembling, as if eternity were hung
In balance on his conduct.
            —William Cowper
Tremble, as the creatures of an hour
Ought at the view of almighty pow’r.
            —William Cowper
  Trembling like an Eastern slave before the pasha.
            —William E. Curtis
  Trembling like a bridal veil.
            —Aubrey De Vere
  Trembling like a little child.
            —Alexandre Dumas, père
  Trembling as the dewy rose the wind has shaken.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  Tremble like the stars in the sky.
            —Thomas Hood
  Trembles like a reed in flower.
            —Victor Hugo
  Trembled in the social anxiety like leaves at the approach of the storm.
            —Victor Hugo
  Trembling, like Paris, on the brink of an obscure and formidable revolution.
            —Victor Hugo
  Trembled like a thing about to die.
            —Jean Ingelow
  Tremble as a trembling leaf.
  Trembling like a falcon’s game.
            —Robert U. Johnson
  Trembling like an aspen-bough.
            —John Keats
  Trembles like a harp full strung.
            —Sidney Lanier
  A-tremble like a new-born thing.
            —Sidney Lanier
  Fell a-trembling like as the lips of lady that forth falters yes.
            —Sidney Lanier
  Tremble like a shot pigeon.
            —Alfred Henry Lewis
  Trembling … like beauty shining through a tear.
            —John Leyden
  Trembling like a steed before the start.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  Trembling, like a man that loves to be a soldier, yet is afraid of a gun.
            —Charles Macklin
  Lips trembled like those of a man caught in the act of doing wrong.
            —Guy de Maupassant
  Trembled as a man in fear.
            —William Morris
  Trembling like a hunted prey.
            —Thomas Otway
  Trembling like a leaf in a hurricane.
  Trembling like a coward.
            —Samuel Richardson
  Trembled like a frightened child.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  Trembled like a freezing man.
            —W. Clark Russell
  Tremble like aspen leaves.
            —William Shakespeare
Like ten thousand clouds which flow
With one wide wind.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Like a clipp’d guinea, trembles in the scale.
            —Richard Brinsley Sheridan
  Trembled like a lambe fled from prey.
            —Edmund Spenser
  Tremble as with love that casts out fear.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Trembled like a stricken thrall.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Tremble like lute-strings.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Trembling, like fiery light on crisped streams.
            —Frederick Tennyson
  Tremble, like the light that strikes the zenith when the sun is down.
            —Frederick Tennyson
Trembling, like those battlements of stone
That fell in fear when Joshua’s horns were blown.
            —Henry Van Dyke
  Trembling like a storm-struck tree.
            —Theodore Watts-Dunton
  Trembles like a tender spark.
            —Theodore Watts-Dunton
Tremble in the sunny skies,
As if, from waving bough to bough,
Flitted the birds of paradise.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
  Tremble like a guilty thing surprised.
            —William Wordsworth
  Trembling, as if with fear of some unconfessed peril, which she felt to be near at hand.
            —Émile Zola

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