meek as a lamb

*meek as a lamb

[of someone] shy, quiet, and docile. (*Also: as ~.) Only an hour after their argument, Joe went to Elizabeth and, meek as a lamb, asked her to forgive him. Betsy terrorizes the other children, but she's as meek as a lamb around her elders.
See also: lamb, meek
References in classic literature ?
All this while the young Typee stuck to Jimmy like his shadow, and though as lively a dog as any of his tribe, he was now as meek as a lamb, never opening his mouth except to eat.
The other man used to swear at me, but this one is as meek as a lamb,--still, he hasn't the grand style
Connery's got a reputation for being a bit short tempered, but he sits there as meek as a lamb.