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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  The tyrant from our shore, like a forbidden demon, fled.
            —Mark Akenside
  Fled, like the raven from the bird of Jove.
            —Mark Akenside
  Fled like leaves on the gale.
  Fled, like rats from a sinking ship.
  Sorrow fled on fleeting pinions, like the icy breath of winter that spring zephyrs waft away.
  Fly around like a bat in the twilight.
            —Björnstjerne Björnson
  Fled from his thoughts like a sickly dream.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  Like a passing thought, she fled.
            —Robert Burns
  Fled like frighted doos.
            —Robert Burns
  Fled like crows when they smell powder.
            —Samuel Butler
  Fled like a dream.
            —William Cowper
  Each quiet day has fled like the same moth, returning with slow wing, and pausing in the sunshine.
            —George Eliot
  Like murder, chas’d by conscience, fled.
            —Ebenezer Elliott
  Fled like the flood’s foam.
            —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  Fled as soon as fleet the violets.
  Fled like a felon.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  Fled like a Parthian.
            —Victor Hugo
  Fled like a dusky cloud.
            —Rudyard Kipling
  Fled like the mist of Cona.
            —James Macpherson
  Fled, as the dawn clouds flee before the sun.
            —John Payne
  Fled like shadows.
  Fled, as fogs disperse before the god of day.
            —Charles Reade
  Fled like a mist before the radiant day.
            —Earl of Roscommon
  Fled at will, as in a wingèd chariot.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
Like insect tribes before the northern gale.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
Like the brief glory which dark Heaven inherits
From the false dawn, which fades ere it is spread
Upon the night’s devouring darkness.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
Like vultures frightened from Imus
Before an earthquake’s tread.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Fledde like a beest.
            —John Skelton
  Like spectres from the sight of morning, fled.
            —Robert Southey
  Fled like a glittering rivulet to the tarn.
            —Alfred Tennyson
  As flies the shadow of a bird, she fled.
            —Alfred Tennyson
  My best years have fled away, like dreams, or like a minstrel’s lay.
            —Walter von der Vogelweide
  Fled away like a dream.
            —John Wesley
  Fled like a flash of light.
            —Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  Fled, as time will in a dream.
            —N. P. Willis
  Fled as fast as doth the haunted fawn.
            —William Wordsworth
Like vapour, like a towering cloud, dissolved.
            —William Wordsworth

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