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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Sudden, like a Fate.
            —Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  Sudden as an April shower.
  Sudden as a meteor’s flight.
  Sudden and swift as a raging cyclone.
  Sudden as a sunbeam’s ray.
  Sudden as a tidal wave on a summer sea.
  Sudden as the babbling brook or robin’s whistle.
  Sudden as the call of spring to buried flowers.
  A sudden brightness, as when meteor swift opens the darkness.
  Sudden, as creation burst from naught.
            —Thomas Campbell
  Sudden as conscience.
            —Gilbert K. Chesterton
  Sudden as the crack of rifle.
            —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  Sudden as kindling flames arise.
            —Walter Harte
  Sudden as a snap.
            —Thomas Hood
  Sudden as lightning.
            —Ben Jonson
  Sudden sound as of a bowstring snapped in air.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  Sudden as a stab.
            —James Russell Lowell
  Sudden as Aphrodite from the sea.
            —George MacDonald
  Sudden as the slapping of a wave.
            —Spencer Moore
  A sudden flash, as from a sunlit jewel.
            —Lewis Morris
Sudden like a pool that once gave back
Your image, but now drowns it and is clear
            —Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  Sudden like a hamadryad before a dull fawn.
            —Henryk Sienkiewicz
  Sudden as a flame.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne

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