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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Gay as a blackbird.
  Gay as a bullfinch.
  Gay as a negro funeral.
  Gay as the tropic bird’s sheen is youth’s fresh frolic freeness.
            —A. H. Beesly
  Gay and gladsome as the air.
            —Mary E. Blake
  Gay as Colinette.
            —Robert Bridges (American)
  Gay as a woman’s wish.
            —Henry Brooke
  Gay … like a Swiss guard off duty.
            —Robert Browning
  Gay as a guinea.
            —Robert Buchanan
  Gay as the gilded summer sky.
            —Robert Burns
  Gaie as all nature at the mornyng’s smile.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  Gay as gold.
            —Chester Plays
  Gay as the dahlia’s bloom.
            —Eliza Cook
As the fairest and sweetest, that blow
On the beautiful bosom of May.
            —William Cowper
  Gay as a butterfly.
            —Charles Dickens
  Gay as a thrush.
            —Austin Dobson
  Gay as a chaffinch.
            —Alexandre Dumas, père
  Gay as larks.
            —Jean de La Fontaine
  Gay as Apollo’s locks.
            —John Ford
  Gay as the joy of a maiden’s look.
            —Sam Walter Foss
Like to a light and brilliant butterfly,
Around a dusky flower.
            —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  Gay as a mote.
            —William Hazlitt
  Gay as the thistledown over the lea.
            —Thomas Wentworth Higginson
            Gay and fleeting
As bubbles that swim on the beaker’s brim, and break on the lips while meeting.
            —Charles Fenno Hoffman
  Gay as bridal bowers with vows of many-petalled maids.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  Gay as the morning.
            —William Livingston
  Gay as the hawthorn in May.
            —Evan MacColl
  Gay as a rising sun.
  Gay as lover to the altar.
            —Gerald Massey
  Colors as gay as those on angels’ wings.
            —Thomas Moore
  Gay as the starling shoots thro’ the skies.
            —F. W. H. Myers
  Gay as if his life were young.
            —Thomas Otway
  Gay as mischief.
  Gay as the primrose-dell in May.
            —Ambrose Philips
  As the feathered warblers gay.
            —William Shenstone
  Gay as April ere he dreams of May.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
            Your voice was gay
As the voice of a bird in the dawn of a day
On a sunshiny tree.
            —Arthur Symons
  Gay as the garments of gem-sprinkled gold.
            —Bayard Taylor
  Too gay … like a pink ribbon on the bonnet of a Puritan woman.
            —Henry D. Thoreau
  As gay as a bridegroom.
            —Sir John Vanbrugh
  Gay as the dancing wind.
            —Sarah. C. Woolsey
  Gaily, as one who hath no care or pain.
            —William Watson
  Gay as the spring.
            —Thomas Yalden

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