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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Abraham Cowley
 
  Active as some mind that turns a sphere.  1
  Dark as the grave.  2
  Fixt as an island ’gainst the waves and wind.  3
Friendship is less apparent when too nigh,
Like objects when they touch the eye.
  4
Love, like a greedy hawk, if we give way,
Does over-gorge himself with his own prey.
  5
  Mute as the grave.  6
  Like winter-earth, naked.  7
  Spiteful as the light.  8
  Still as old Chaos, before Motion’s birth.  9
  As swift and fierce as tempest from the north.  10
  Swift as the wings of Morn.  11
            Teeth like falling snow
For white, were placed in a double row.
  12
  Undisturb’d as Death.  13
  Like painted lamps they shine unwasted.  14
  Watchful as spirits.  15
Wit’s like a luxuriant vine;
Unless to virtue’s prop it join,
Firm and erect toward Heaven bound,
Though it with beauteous leaves and pleasant fruit be crown’d
It lies, deformed and rotting, on the ground.
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