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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Spring (Verb)
  Springs like a hunted deer.
  Sprang to his feet like one recalled to life.
  Spring up like mushrooms.
  Spring up as weeds in neglected soil.
  Springing up like dandelions after a spring shower.
  Sprang to his feet like a startled roebuck.
            —Honoré de Balzac
  Sprang, like an uncaged beast.
            —Robert Browning
  Sprang like sparks from an anvil.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  Sprang as from a sudden trumpet’s clang.
            —Lord Byron
  Sprang forward like a courser for the goal.
            —James Fenimore Cooper
  Sprang, like the twin fountains of Benasji, from a divided source.
            —Dr. John Doran
  Spring like a stag.
            —Adam Lindsay Gordon
  Springeth up as doth a welle.
            —John Gower
Sprang like a wave
In the wind.
            —William Ernest Henley
Like an arrow released from the strain of the string.
            —Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  Spring up like mushrooms in a September night.
            —George Birkbeck Hill
  Springeth like Neptune.
Oh never despair, for our hopes oftentime
Spring swiftly as flow’rs in some tropical clime,
Where the spot that was barren and scentless at night
Is blooming and fragrant at morning’s first light.
            —Samuel Lover
  Sprang like a lily from the dirt of poverty.
            —Gerald Massey
  Sprang, as smitten with a mortal wound.
            —James Montgomery
  Spring as at the shout of war.
            —Samuel Rogers
  Springest like a cloud of fire.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Springs like a mettled steed when the spur stingeth.
            —Mary E. Stebbins
  They shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses.
            —Old Testament
  Spring as the grass.
            —Old Testament
  Spring forth like spectres starting from the storm-swept earth.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
  Sprang like an arrow shot straight from the bow.
            —Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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