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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Matthew Prior
        Like leaves, as chance inclin’d,
Those wills were chang’d with every wind.
  Dauntless as death.  2
  As the opening blossom fair.  3
  Happy as heroes after battles won.  4
  Love, like death, makes all distinction void.  5
  Lovely as light.  6
To the mind’s eye things will appear,
  At distance through an artful glass,
But bring the flattering objects near,
  They’re all a senseless gloomy mass.
  Ruddy as gold his cheek.  8
Similes are like songs in love;
They much describe; they nothing prove.
  Soft as yielding air.  10
  Straight as the palm tree.  11
  Sure as key of lock.  12
        White like a young flock,
Coeval, newly shorn, from the clear brook recent, and branching on the sunny rock.

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