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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Light (Adjective)
Light as the leaf that summer’s breeze
Has wafted o’er the glassy seas.
  Light as flake of foam.
            —Hans Christian Andersen
  Light and clean as the foaming surf that the wind severs from the broken wave.
  Light and speedy as a steam-roller.
  Light as a fly.
  Light as a sack of feathers.
  Light as down.
  Passed as light as October leaves blown over the forest floor.
  Light as the leaf of the aspen.
  Light as the bow with its gay blossoms springing.
  Light as the spider’s silken lair.
  Light as thistledown.
  Light as vain praise.
  Light as whipped cream.
  Oaths as light as wind.
  Light enough to float in the sweat of an ice pitcher.
  Light-hearted as a robin.
  As light as leafe on tree.
            —Old English Ballad
  Light as hope.
            —Charles Pierre Baudelaire
  Light as a wind-blown leaf.
            —Charlotte Becker
  Light as cobwebs.
            —R. D. Blackmore
  Light-footed as a hare.
            —Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
  Light as the fabric which swells in the ambient air.
            —Samuel Boyse
  Light as a feather whisk.
            —Robert Browning
  Light as the whispers of a dream.
            —William Cullen Bryant
Light as a faint wreath of snow
That tremblest to fall in the wind.
            —Robert Buchanan
  Light as day.
            —John Bunyan
  Light as any lambie.
            —Robert Burns
  Light as a Nereid in her ocean sledge.
            —Lord Byron
  Light as dreams.
            —Giosuè Carducci
  Light as gossamer.
            —Thomas Carlyle
  Light as winds that stir the willow.
            —Alice Cary
  Light as leef on lynde.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  Light as the busy clouds.
            —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  Light as the sea-fowl rocking in the storm.
            —James Fenimore Cooper
  Light as froth.
            —John Davies
  Light as a snowflake.
            —Austin Dobson
  Light as an empty dream at break of day.
            —John Dryden
  Light as the vapours of a morning dream.
            —John Dryden
  Light as the light.
            —George Farquhar
  Light as air.
            —Henry Fielding
  Light as the feather on the head of beaux.
            —John Gay
  Light as vapor.
            —Richard Hovey
  Light like a sunbeam shattered into mist.
            —Richard Hovey
  Light-hearted as a boy.
            —Richard Hovey
  Light as a rustling foot on last year’s leaves.
            —Jean Ingelow
  Light … as cork.
            —Henry James
  Light as love’s angel.
            —Letitia Elizabeth Landon
  Light as fairy footsteps.
            —Evan MacColl
As light as a leaf unbound
From the grasp of its parent tree.
            —Ernest McGaffey
  Light as the flying seed-ball.
            —George Meredith
Light as a bubble that flies from the tub,
Whisked by the laundry-wife out of her suds.
            —George Meredith
Steps … light as though a winged angel trod,
Over earth’s flowers, and feared to brush away,
Their delicate hues.
            —Henry Hart Milman
Light as the angel shapes that bless
An infant’s dream.
            —Thomas Moore
  Light as the bridegrooms bound to their young loves.
            —Thomas Moore
  Light and feathery as squirrel-tails.
            —John Muir
  Light as the breeze that brushed the orient dew.
            —Samuel Rogers
Light as the tinkling leaves, that wander wide
When Vallombrosa mourns her pride.
            —John Ruskin
  Light as a happy wave.
            —Friedrich von Schiller
  Light as the dancing skiff borne on the silvery tide.
            —Friedrich von Schiller
  Light as the rainbow’s leap into space.
            —Friedrich von Schiller
  Light as a beam of Dian.
            —Owen Seaman
  Trifles light as air.
            —William Shakespeare
  Light as the mote that danceth in the beam.
            —H. and J. Smith
  Light as a feather.
  Light as a lady’s plumes.
            —Robert Southey
  Light as a robe of peace.
            —Robert Southey
  Light as a warrior’s summer-garb in peace.
            —Robert Southey
  Light as a laugh of glee.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Heart is as light as a leaf on a tree.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Light as a spring south-wind.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Light as foam.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Light as laugh of flame.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Light as riotous insolence.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  A hand at the door taps light as the hand of my heart’s delight.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Light as the spray that disperses.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Light as floating leaf of orchard snow, loosed by the pulse of Spring.
            —Bayard Taylor
  Gallop … light as any antelope upon the hills of the Gavilòn.
            —Bayard Taylor
  Light as the singing bird that wings the air.
            —Alfred Tennyson
  Light as a dry leaf in the winter woods.
            —Celia Thaxter
  A step as light as the summer air.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
  Light as a buoyant bark from wave to wave.
            —William Wordsworth
  Light as a sunbeam glides along the hills.
            —William Wordsworth
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