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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Philip Massinger
 
  Lips, as blue as salt-water.  1
                Her breath
Like a soft western wind, when it glides o’er
Arabia, creating gums and spices.
  2
      Her constancy, that, like a rock,
Beats off temptation, as that mocks the fury
Of the proud waves.
  3
  As the index tells the contents of the book, and directs to the particular chapter, even so do the outward habit and garments, in man or woman, give us a taste of the spirit, and point to the eternal quality of the soul; and there cannot be a more evident and gross manifestation of poor, degenerate, dunghill blood and breeding, than a rude, unpolished, disordered, and slovenly outside.  4
  Familiar as eating.  5
  Glorious as the Spring.  6
  Killing as a plague.  7
  Looks … as killing as the basilisk’s.  8
                Lips,
That open like the morn, breathing perfumes,
On such as dare approach them.
  9
  Naked as my nail.  10
                His bones
Rattle in his skin, like beans tossed in a bladder.
  11
  Small as atoms.  12
  Stares as he had seen Medusa’s head.  13
  Tedious as dull sorrows.  14
  Wanton … as a cat in a bowl of water.  15
 
 
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