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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Bright as fair sunshine after winter’s storms.
  Bright as a blister.
  Bright as a dollar.
  Bright as a new penny.
  Bright as a pewter pot.
  Bright as at Creation’s day.
  Bright as fairies that in a sunbeam dance.
  Bright as Japanese bronze.
  Bright as new silver.
  Bright as saucepans.
  Bright as Sharon’s rose.
  Bright as sunshine on the sea.
  Bright as the captain’s cabin of a man-of-war.
  Bright was her soul as Dian’s crest.
  Bright as fullest moon in blackest air.
            —Arabian Nights
  Bright as though a moon of the fourteenth night.
            —Arabian Nights
  Bright as a beach in the moonlight.
            —Alfred Austin
  Bright as the great stream of stars which flows through heaven.
            —Philip James Bailey
  Bright like night with stars.
            —Philip James Bailey
  Bright, like river gold.
            —Philip James Bailey
  Bright as midnight’s brightest eyes.
            —Thomas Lovell Beddoes
  Bright, as Moerice-Queens in June.
            —A. H. Beesly
                Bright within
As when from the sky there shines unclouded heaven’s candle.
  Bright as an iceberg.
            —R. D. Blackmore
  Brighter than the sun through wheat.
            —R. D. Blackmore
  As bright as the waves of a rill.
            —George H. Boker
  Bright as the rippling ocean in sunshine.
            —Robert Bridges (English)
  Bright as icicles about a laurel-tree.
            —Maria G. Brooks
  Bright as Paphia’s eyes.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  Bright, like a flash of sunlight.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  Bright as the bow that spans the morn.
            —Thomas Campbell
  Bright as day.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  Bright as stars in winter.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
As rody and bright as doth the yonge sonne
That in the ram is foure degrees ronne.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  Bright as joy.
            —Hartley Coleridge
Bright as the moon she shone, with silver light,
And charmed his sense with wonder and delight.
            —William Congreve
  Bright as truth.
            —Barry Cornwall
  Bright as orient morn.
            —William Cowper
  Bright as innocence.
            —John Day
  Bright as a flame.
            —Daniel Defoe
  Bright as sunset.
            —Lord De Tabley
  Bright as Apollo’s breastplate.
            —Aubrey De Vere
  Bright as May-day’s morn.
            —Aubrey De Vere
  Bright as the pastures of the sun.
            —Aubrey De Vere
  Shone as bright as sea-foam sparkling on a moonlit night.
            —Aubrey De Vere
  Bright as Heav’n.
            —Wentworth Dillon
  Bright and steady as a sunbeam.
            —Dr. John Doran
  Bricht as chrysolite.
            —Gawain Douglas
  Bright as goodness.
            —John Dryden
  Bright as Lucifer.
            —William Dunbar
Bright and barren as the sea,
Bare of sorrow, bare of glee.
            —Frederick William Faber
  Bright … as all the flowers of May.
            —Francis Fawkes
  Bright as Phœbus.
            —Francis Fawkes
  Bright as live coals in the gloom.
            —Gustave Flaubert
  Bright as the breaking east.
            —John Fletcher
  Bright as any star in heaven.
            —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  Bright as at creation’s day.
            —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  Bright as before the day-star will appear.
            —James Hammond
  Bright as the visions of youth.
            —Thomas Kibble Hervey
  Bright as the jewels of the seven-starr’d crown.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
As the resplendent cactus of the night
That floods the gloom with fragrance and with light.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  Bright as noon in a conservatory of smoked glass.
            —Ernest William Hornung
  Bright as a beacon.
            —Victor Hugo
Most like a fleet of stars that southing go.
            —Jean Ingelow
  Brycht as gold.
            —James the First
  Bright as ruddy meteors through the sky.
            —Robert Jephson
  Bright as the lily of the vale.
            —Sir William Jones
  Bright as the bow of Iris.
            —John Keats
  Bright as the humming-bird’s green diadem.
            —John Keats
  Bright as the gold-sparks that glisten and quiver at morning or eve, on the breast of the river.
            —E. M. Kelly
  Bright as an opium-eater’s dream.
            —Charles Kingsley
  Bright as Hope’s first smile.
            —Letitia Elizabeth Landon
  Bright as autumn’s fleecy clouds with golden glittering lightning decked.
            —Lays of Ancient India
  Bright as a button.
            —Vincent Stuckey Lean (Collectanea)
  Bright, like a fire-flash that crosses the depth of the night.
            —Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  Bright as living coal.
            —Camille Lemonnier
  Bright as the argent-horned mornes.
            —Richard Lovelace
  Bright as the ruby’s blaze.
            —Samuel Lover
  As bright as glow-worms in the night.
            —John Lyly
  Bright as the sunbeam of the morning.
            —Evan MacColl
  Bright as musky moss-rose summer’s sun.
            —George Mac-Henry
  Bright as the dimpled smiles that spring enwreath.
            —George Mac-Henry
  As bright as dewdrops in the sun.
            —Charles Mackay
  Bright like the moon when the stars are dimm’d with her blaze.
            —Ewen Maclachan
  Bright as the sunbeam’s light.
            —Denis Florence McCarthy
  Bright as new pottery.
            —Maurice Maeterlinck
  Bright as the Burning Bush of Moses.
            —James. C. Mangan
  Bright as beams of Paradise.
            —Mary E. Mannix
                Orange bright,
Like golden lamps in a green night.
            —Andrew Marvell
  Bright as orb that gives the day.
            —William Mason
  Rose-bright as a star dipped in sunset.
            —Owen Meredith
  As bright as a spot of June day sunshine on the grass.
            —Donald G. Mitchell
  Bright as Minerva’s yellow hair.
            —Thomas Moore
  Bright, like common things, glorified in love’s light.
            —Dinah Maria Mulock
  Bright as an angel new dropt from the sky.
            —Thomas Parnell
  Bright, as from blessed place.
            —Stephen Phillips
  Bright as the star of morn.
            —Robert Pollok
  Bright as the rising sun, in summer’s day.
            —Alexander Pope
  Bright as the star that fires autumnal skies.
            —Alexander Pope
  Bright, as visions of expiring maids.
            —Alexander Pope
As golden morning’s flashing light.
            —W. H. Prideaux
  Bright as the sun.
            —François Rabelais
  Bright as the crimson glow when love first sends a missive to a maiden.
            —C. D. Raymer
  Bright as a cloud in the sunset air.
            —T. Buchanan Read
  Bright as an opening rose fresh with dew.
            —Charles Reade
  Bright as the sunset’s glow.
            —Laura E. Richards
  Bright as the light of her glorious eyes.
            —James Whitcomb Riley
  His smile as bright as the midst of May when the truce-bird pipes.
            —James Whitcomb Riley
  As bright as the morning sun.
            —James Whitcomb Riley
  Bright as the golden poppy is that the beach breeds for the surf to kiss.
            —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  Bright as a new bell.
            —W. Clark Russell
  Bright as all between cloudless skies and windless streams.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Bright as Spring.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
Bright as are the Heavens that lie
Illumed by stars at night.
            —Blanche Shoemaker
  As bright … as the vestal fire.
            —Christopher Smart
  Bright as mountain snow.
            —Robert Southey
  Bright as the summer lightning when it spreads its glory o’er the midnight heaven.
            —Robert Southey
  Bright as doth the morning starre appeare.
            —Edmund Spenser
  Bright, like twinckling starres.
            —Edmund Spenser
  Bright as a rose new blown.
            —Timothy Daniel Sullivan
  Bright as an angel.
            —Jonathan Swift
  Bright as a dew-drop engilt of the sun on the sedge.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Bright as all above.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Bright as a warrior’s belt.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Bright as burns at sunrise, heaven’s own.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Song bright as heaven above the mounting bird.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Bright as heaven’s bare brow with hope of gifts withholden.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Bright as hell-fire.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Bright as hope.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Bright as Maytime.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Bright as mercy.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Bright as the kindling dews when the dawn begins.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Bright as the night is dark on the world.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Bright as though death’s dim sunrise thrilled it there and life re-risen took comfort.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Bright like spring with flower-soft wealth of branching tracery.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Brighter than joy’s own tears.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Bloom as bright as opening moon.
            —Bayard Taylor
  Bright as light.
            —Alfred Tennyson
  Bright and light as the crest of a peacock.
            —Alfred Tennyson
  Bright as the eyes of angels and as pure.
            —William Thomson
                Shine bright,
As sun-showers at the break of day.
            —Henry D. Thoreau
  Bright as a facet-cut diamond scattering light.
            —Martin Farquhar Tupper
  Bright as the seraphim pointing to eternity.
            —Joseph Turnley
  Bright as the blessings of heaven.
            —Michael Vörösmarty
  Bright as the promise of a cloudless day.
            —C. P. Wilson
Bright as a sunbeam sleeping till a shower
Brush it away, or cloud pass over it.
            —William Wordsworth
  Bright as spring.
            —William Wordsworth
    Bright as the glimpses of eternity,
To saints accorded in their mortal hour.
            —William Wordsworth
  Bright as the dazzling snow.
            —William Wordsworth
  As a rainbow bright.
            —Theodore Wratislaw
  Bright as Phebus’ sphere.
            —Sir Thomas Wyatt
  Shining bright as a new lance.
            —William Butler Yeats

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