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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Welcome (Adjective)
  Welcome as land to sailors long at sea.
  About as welcome as a bullet.
  Welcome as water in a leaking ship.
  About as welcome as a coffin at a wooden wedding.
  Welcome as the clang of the dinner bell.
  Welcome as an engagement ring to an old maid.
  Welcome as a good-natured friend who makes short calls.
  Welcome as dew on parched flowers.
As welcome as sunshine
In every place
Is the beaming approach
Of a good-natured face.
  Welcome as a rainstorm in Hell.
            —George Vaux Bacon
  Welcome as Eden.
            —Lord Byron
  Welcome, like one tiny islet of Reality amid the shoreless sea of Phantasms, to the reflective mind, seriously loving and seeking what is worthy and memorable, seriously hating and avoiding what is the reverse, and intent not to play the dilettante in this world.
            —Thomas Carlyle
  Welcome as water into one’s shoes.
            —M. A. Denham (Folk-lore North of England)
  As welcome as the haven to the tempest-driven ship.
            —Bartholomew Dowling
  Welcome as flowers that bloom in the spring.
            —Sir William Schwenk Gilbert
  Welcome as a pole-cat at a picnic.
            —Charles Henderson
  Welcome as peace after destructive war.
            —Robert Herrick
  Welcome as the bird to the elm-tree bough.
            —James Russell Lowell
  Welcome as a boon long sought.
            —Evan MacColl
  Welcome as stones in oats to horse.
            —News from Chelsmford
  Welcome as flowers in May.
            —John Ray (Handbook of Proverbs, 1670)
  Welcome … as the deluge of early spring rain.
            —Francis S. Saltus
Welcome … as dewy cherries to the taste in June,
As shady lanes to travelers at noon.
            —John Scott
                Welcome hither
As is the spring to the earth.
            —William Shakespeare
  The night to the owl and morn to the lark less welcome.
            —William Shakespeare
  Welcome as dogs unto a church they are.
            —John Taylor
Welcome! as beauty to the lovesick swain,
For which he long had sigh’d in vain.
            —William Thomson
  Welcome as the discovery of a five-dollar bill in an old coat to a salaried man the morning before pay day.
            —Walter Trumbull
  Welcome as the rear view of a grizzly bear to a hunter who has left his firearms at home.
            —Walter Trumbull
Welcome to my tranced view,
As battle-yell to warrior’s ear.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
  Welcome as a star.
            —William Wordsworth
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