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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Dark
 
  Dark as the yawning grave.
            —Mark Akenside
  1
  Dark as a cellar.
            —Anonymous
  2
  Dark as a dungeon.
            —Anonymous
  3
  Dark as a funeral scarf.
            —Anonymous
  4
  Dark as a thief’s pocket.
            —Anonymous
  5
  Dark as futurity.
            —Anonymous
  6
  Dark as midnight.
            —Anonymous
  7
  Dark as the shades of night.
            —Anonymous
  8
  Dark like a dead person in a coffin.
            —Anonymous
  9
  Dark as Death’s Eye.
            —Philip James Bailey
  10
  Dark as a wood.
            —R. D. Blackmore
  11
Dark as was chaos, ere the infant Sun
Was rolled together, or had tried his beams
Athwart the gloom profound.
            —Robert Blair
  12
  Dark as a Spaniard.
            —Charlotte Brontë
  13
  Darkened, as the lighthouse will that turns upon the sea.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  14
  Dark as mire.
            —John Bunyan
  15
  Dark as pitch.
            —John Bunyan
  16
  Dark as misery’s woeful night.
            —Robert Burns
  17
  Dark as a sullen cloud before the sun.
            —Lord Byron
  18
  Dark as winter.
            —Thomas Campbell
  19
  Darkly, as through the foliage of some wavering thicket.
            —Thomas Carlyle
  20
  Dark as death.
            —Alice Cary
  21
  Darked, as it is wonte to darke by smoked images.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  22
  Dark as a murderer’s mask of crape.
            —Eliza Cook
  23
  Dark as the grave.
            —Abraham Cowley
  24
  Dark and cold, like a benighted hemisphere.
            —Aubrey De Vere
  25
  Dark as a fiend.
            —Aubrey De Vere
  26
  Ever darker and darker, like the shadow of advancing death.
            —Charles Dickens
  27
  Darkened, like the earth on a splendid day when a cloud flits across the sun.
            —Alexandre Dumas, père
  28
  Dark as pines that autumn never sears.
            —George Eliot
  29
  Dark as Pluto’s palace.
            —Richard Glover
  30
  Dark as a cloud that journeys overhead.
            —Thomas Hood
  31
  Dark as the grave.
            —Thomas Hood
  32
  Dark as shadows be.
            —Thomas Hood
  33
  Dark as the language of the Delphic fane.
            —Horace
  34
  Dark as the back of a stag-beetle.
            —Irish Epic Tales
  35
  Dark as the parentage of chaos.
            —John Keats
  36
  Dark as the pillars of some Hindoo shrine.
            —Charles Kingsley
  37
  Dark as Saint Bartholomew.
            —Walter Savage Landor
  38
  Darkness like the day of doom.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  39
  Dark as a coal-hole.
            —Samuel Lover
  40
  Dark as the swelling wave of ocean before the rising winds, when it bends its head near the coast.
            —James Macpherson
  41
  Dark as it were dipped in the death-shadow.
            —Gerald Massey
  42
  Dark as a dead man in the ground.
            —Sydney Munden
  43
  Dark as a demon’s dread thought.
            —Mrs.
            —Osgood
  44
  Dark as the hush’d silence of the grave.
            —Thomas Otway
  45
  Dark as night’s protecting wing.
            —John Pierpont
  46
  Dark as the caves wherein earth’s thunders groan.
            —Edgar Allan Poe
  47
  See him darkly as in a mirror.
            —Saint Augustine
  48
  As dark as a Yule midnight.
            —Scottish Proverb
  49
  Dark as the bottom of a well.
            —W. Clark Russell
  50
  Dark as care.
            —Friedrich von Schiller
  51
  Dark as Egypt.
            —William Shakespeare
  52
  Dark as Erebus.
            —William Shakespeare
  53
  Dark as hell.
            —William Shakespeare
  54
  Dark as ignorance.
            —William Shakespeare
  55
  Dark as a cloud that the moon turns bright.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  56
  Dark as fate.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  57
  Dark as fear.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  58
                Dark in her sight
As her measureless measure of shadowless pleasure was bright.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  59
  Dark as the heart of time.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  60
  Galleons dark as the helmsman’s bark of old that ferried to hell the dead.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  61
  Dark as the sire that begat her, Despair.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  62
  More dark than the dead world’s tomb.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  63
  Darkened as one that wastes by sorcerous art and knows not whence it withers.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  64
  Dark as a land’s decline.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  65
  Silent dark as shame.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  66
  Dark as the inside of a whale.
            —Frederick William Thomas
  67
  Dark as the brooding thundercloud.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
  68
Dark as the shroudings of a bier,-
As if the blessed atmosphere,
Like his own soul, was dim.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
  69
  Dark as the waiting tomb.
            —McLandburgh Wilson
  70
 
 
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