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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Weak as a cat.
  Weak as a lamb that can’t stand the weight of its own wool.
  Weak as unfledged nestling in the falcon’s grip.
            —Thomas Ashe
  Weak as fear of shame.
            —Hartley Coleridge
  Weak as palsy.
            —Lord De Tabley
  Weak as a reed.
            —Charles Dickens
  Weak as flesh.
            —Charles Dickens
  Weak as an eddy in the sandy wind.
            —Edmund Gosse
  Weak as a bled calf.
            —Thomas Hardy
  Weak as spider’s skein.
            —John Keats
  Weak as young corn withered, whereof no man may gather and make bread.
            —Andrew Lang
  Weak as a poor straw upon a torrent’s breast.
            —Matthew Gregory Lewis
  Weake as sheepe.
            —John Lyly
  Weaker than a woman’s tear.
            —William Shakespeare
  Weaker than the wine.
            —William Shakespeare
Small at first, and weak and frail
Like the vapor of a vale.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Weak as a flower that sways with every wind.
            —Alexander Smith
  Weak as foam on the sands.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Weak as hearts made sick with hope deferred.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Weak as snow.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Repentance … weak as night devoured by day.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Weaker than the worm.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
Weak as the Roman Chief, who strove to hide
His father’s cot (and once his father’s pride)
By casing a low shed of rural mould
With marble walls, and roof adorned with gold.
            —Paulus Syllogus
  Emanations weak as rain.
            —Paulus Syllogus
  Weak as the puny rillets of the hill.
            —Paulus Syllogus
  Weak as water.
            —Old Testament
  Weak as gruel.
            —Louis Untermeyer
  Weak as a lamb the hour that it is yeaned.
            —William Wordsworth

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