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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  As the breezes swift.
            —Thomas Aird
  Swift as the lightning flash.
            —Mark Akenside
  Swift as a cannon ball.
  Swift as fate.
  Swift as kindling flames arise.
  Swift as the glance of a falling star.
  Swifter than fleeing Daphne’s twinkling feet.
  Swift as the steed that feels the slackened rein.
  Swift like a simoon of the desert.
  Swifter than the falcon.
            —Max Beerbohm
  Swift as a sun-beam.
            —Thomas Blacklock
  Swift as the summer lightning.
            —R. D. Blackmore
  Swift as arrow.
            —William Blake
  Swift as the eye can mark.
            —Henry H. Brownell
  Swift as Jove’s lightning.
            —William Byrd
Swift almost as a human smile may chase
A frown from some conciliated face.
            —Pedro Calderón de la Barca
  Swefte as descendeynge lemes [rays] of roddie lyghte plonged to the hulstred [secret] bedde of loveynge [washing] seas.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  Swefte as a feether’d takel [Arrow].
            —Thomas Chatterton
  Swefte as my wyshe.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  Swift as the flying clouds distilling rain.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  Swefte as the rayne-storme toe the erthe alyghtes.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  Swefte, as the rayne uponne an Aprylle daie.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  Swefte as the roareynge wyndes.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  Swift as fowel in flight.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  As swifte as pelet out of gonne.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  Swift as a spirit.
            —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  Swift as dreams.
            —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  Swift as a sun ray.
            —Eliza Cook
  Swift as a lover’s dreams.
            —Barry Cornwall
  Swift as Care.
            —Nathaniel Cotton
  As swift and fierce as tempest from the north.
            —Abraham Cowley
  Swift as the wings of Morn.
            —Abraham Cowley
  Swifter than a shadow flee.
            —William Cowper
  Swift as a star falls through the night.
            —George Darley
  Swift as a sunshot dart of light.
            —George Darley
  Swift as a whirlwind.
            —Thomas Dekker
  Swift as dead leaves by tempest borne.
            —Aubrey De Vere
  Swift as the scattered clouds on high.
            —Alfred Domett
As swift as the glance of the arrowy lance
That the storm spirit flings from high.
            —Joseph Rodman Drake
  Swift as the wings of sound.
            —George Eliot
  A swift movement, which was like a chained up resolution set free at last.
            —George Eliot
  Swift as fate.
            —Philip Freneau
  Swift as vision.
            —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  Swift as the flight of lightning through the air.
            —William Harbington
  Swift as a flood of fire.
            —Homer (Pope)
  Swift as the vulture leaping on his prey.
            —George Eliot
  Swift as the wind.
            —George Eliot
  Swift as a swallow heading south.
            —Laurence Hope
Swifter than the rush of wind
That lifts the sea-gull off the lake.
            —Douglas Hyde
  Swift as a star.
            —Sir William Jones
  Swift as a fathoming plummet down he fell.
            —John Keats
                As swift
As bird on wing to breast its eggs again.
            —George Eliot
  Swift as fairy thought.
            —George Eliot
  Swifter than centaurs after rapine bent.
            —George Eliot
  Swifter than sight.
            —George Eliot
  Swift as the cloven tongues of Pentecost.
            —Harriet E. Hamilton King
  Flies as swift as shafts the bowmen pour.
            —Andrew Lang
  Swift as the lightning’s rapid flame darts on the unsuspecting sight.
            —John Langhorne
  Swift as a flash.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  Swift as the thunderbolt.
            —Richard Lovelace
  Swift as the sea-bird’s wing.
            —Samuel Lover
  Swift as runs a wind-wave over grass.
            —Gerald Massey
  Swift as a blush in the cheeks of seventeen.
            —George Meredith
  Swift as the lightning glance.
            —John Milton
  Swift as the sparkle of a glancing star.
            —John Milton
  Swift as Death’s own arrows dart.
            —James Montgomery
  Swifter than the frighted dove.
            —James Montgomery
  Fly swifter than light.
            —Dinah Maria Mulock
  Swift as mercury.
            —Thomas Nash
  Swift, like some fierce bird of prey.
            —Robert Pollok
  Swift as an arrow soaring from the bow.
            —Alexander Pope
  Swift as a cloud gust-driven from the sun.
            —T. Buchanan Read
  Swift as a shadow o’er the meadow grass chased by the sunshine.
            —T. Buchanan Read
  Swift as signal fires.
            —T. Buchanan Read
  Swift as memory.
            —Edouard Rod
  Swift as the fleeting shades upon the golden corn.
            —Nicholas Rowe
  Swift as a hawk.
            —Charles Sangster
  Like a sunbeam, swift.
            —Sir Walter Scott
  Swift as a shadow.
            —William Shakespeare
  Swift as breathed stags.
            —William Shakespeare
  Swift as frenzy’s thoughts.
            —William Shakespeare
  Swift as lead.
            —William Shakespeare
                As swift
As meditation, or the thoughts of love.
            —William Shakespeare
  Swift as quicksilver.
            —William Shakespeare
                Swift as stones
Enforced from the old Assyrian slings.
            —William Shakespeare
  Swifter than arrow from the Tartar’s bow.
            —William Shakespeare
  Swift as thought.
            —William Shakespeare
  Swift in motion as a ball.
            —William Shakespeare
  Swifter than he that gibbets on the brewer’s bucket.
            —William Shakespeare
  Swifter than the moon’s sphere.
            —William Shakespeare
  Swift as a cloud between the sea and sky.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Swift as fire.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Swift as greyhounds.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Swift as leaves on autumn’s tempest shed.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Swift as smoke from a volcano springs.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Swift as twinkling beams.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Swifter than summer’s flight.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Swifter than youth’s delight.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Swift as a beam of morning.
            —Elizabeth S. Sheppard
  Swift as an arrow in its flight.
            —Robert Southey
  Swift as a falling meteor.
            —Robert Southey
  Swift as the bittern soars on spiral wing.
            —Robert Southey
  Swift away like fabrics in the summer’s clouds.
            —Robert Southey
  Swift as any bucke in chace.
            —Edmund Spenser
  More swift than Myrrh’ or Daphne in her race.
            —Edmund Spenser
  Swift as the flame devours the crackling wood.
  Swift as the headlong torrents of a flood.
            —Edmund Spenser
  Swift as a passing bird.
            —Robert Louis Stevenson
  Swift and steadfast as a sea-mew’s wing.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Swift as a shadow.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Swift as eternity.
            —Arthur Symons
  As swift as fiery lightning kindled new.
            —Torquato Tasso
  As swift as the eagle flieth.
            —Old Testament
  As swift as the roes upon the mountains.
            —Old Testament
  Swift as the waters.
            —Old Testament
  Swifter than a weaver’s shuttle.
            —Old Testament
  Swifter than the eagles of the heaven.
            —Old Testament
  Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.
            —Old Testament
  Swift as desire.
            —Thomas Tickell
  Swift as the motions of desire.
            —Isaac Watts
  Swift as the Polar breeze.
            —Henry Kirke White
  Swift as the eagle’s glance of fire.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
  Swift as a rocketing woodcock.
            —Harry Leon Wilson
  Swift as a Thracian Nymph o’er field and height.
            —William Wordsworth
  Swift as darted flame.
            —Edward Young
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