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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Face
 
  His face is like a street before they lay the pavement.
            —Anonymous
  1
  Thy face, like dawn when it lights the dawn.
            —Arabian Nights
  2
  Sweet youthful face, fair as the moon at full.
            —Edwin Arnold
  3
  His face looks like a warrant.
            —Beaumont and Fletcher
  4
  A face that cannot smile is like a bud that cannot blossom which dries up in the stalk.
            —Henry Ward Beecher
  5
  His face is like the pippin, grown red ripe in frosty suns that shone.
            —Arthur. C. Benson
  6
  His face is fair as heaven.
            —William Blake
  7
Her face was like the April moon,
Clad in a wintry cloud.
            —Vincent Bourne
  8
  A sharp face, like a knife in a cleft stick.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  9
  He had a face like a benediction.
            —Miguel de Cervantes
  10
  That face of yours looks like the title-page of a whole volume of roguery.
            —Colley Cibber
  11
  His face looked like a face that had refused to jell and was about to run down on his clothes.
            —Irvin S. Cobb
  12
                Face,
Long as a courtier’s out of place.
            —George Colman, the Younger
  13
  Face like an ancient lemon.
            —Joseph Conrad
  14
  A face like a smoked herring.
            —Anatole France
  15
  A face like the setting sun on a summer’s day, when promise of a hot day to-morrow is read in its ruddy hue.
            —Frank Carlos Griffith
  16
Her little face is like a walnut shell
With wrinkling lines.
            —William Ernest Henley
  17
  Face like a flame.
            —Maurice Hewlett
  18
Her face like roses blown,
And in the radiance and the hush,
Her thought was shown.
            —Jean Ingelow
  19
  A face that was like an open letter in a foreign tongue.
            —Henry James
  20
  His face is like a squeezed orange.
            —Ben Jonson
  21
  Her face was like the earthen pitcher of Gideon: it concealed the light.
            —George MacDonald
  22
His face was like an April morn
Clad in a wintry cloud.
            —David Mallet
  23
  A face, like nestling luxury of flowers.
            —Gerald Massey
  24
  Her fair face half hid, like a ripe peeping rose.
            —Owen Meredith
  25
Her face is as white
As her pillow by night.
            —Owen Meredith
  26
  She is hid away all but her face, and that’s hung about with toys and devices, like the signe of a taverne, to draw strangers.
            —Sir Thomas Overbury
  27
  Faces did glister like the key-hole of a powdering-tub.
            —François Rabelais
  28
  A face open as day.
            —Samuel Rogers
  29
  Thy face is like the full moon of heaven, allied to light, but far from my hopes.
            —Romance of Antar
  30
Her own face was like a flower
  Of the prime,
Half in sunshine, half in shower,
  In the year’s most tender time.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  31
Her face was like an opening rose,
So bright to look upon:
But now it is like fallen snows,
As cold, as dead, as wan.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  32
  Faces are as legible as books, with this difference in their favor, that they may be perused in much less time than printed pages, and are less liable to be misunderstood.
            —Frederic Saunders
  33
  ’Tis not that she paints so ill but, when she has finished her face, she joins so badly to her neck, that she looks like a mended statue, in which the connoisseur may see at once that the head is modern, though the trunk’s antique.
            —Richard Brinsley Sheridan
  34
  Her face was like a lily hidden in holy dusks.
            —George Sterling
  35
Her face was like the Milky Way i’ the sky,
A meeting of gentle lights without a name.
            —Sir John Suckling
  36
                Thy face
Was as a water’s wearied with wind.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  37
  His face was as the must that lies upon a vat of new-made wine.
            —Oscar Wilde
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