(e.) "They are used accordingly in all such cases for the purpose of illustration, and their explication is accomplished, not by assigning to them some new and extraordinary meaning, but simply by conjoining with them the terms of a comparison which expresses the relation in which they are employed."--Ib.
(f.) "It is in metaphors and personification only that acts and qualities are ascribed to agents and objects that are incompatible with their nature; or do not properly belong to them."--Ib. Theo. & Lit. Jour., vol. 1, p. 354.
26. A SIMILE, or comparison, is an affirmation that one agent, object, or act, is like, or as, another,--there being a real or imaginary resemblance. Sometimes only the mere fact of a resemblance is affirmed. At others, the nature of the resemblance is indicated.
Examples.--"As for man, his days are as grass." Psa. 103:15. "Whose garment was white as snow." Dan.
It is a good historical interpretation of the Book of Revelation.
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