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Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.


Bright as fair sunshine after winter’s storms.

Bright as a blister.

Bright as a dollar.

Bright as a new penny.

Bright as a pewter pot.

Bright as at Creation’s day.

Bright as fairies that in a sunbeam dance.

Bright as Japanese bronze.

Bright as new silver.

Bright as saucepans.

Bright as Sharon’s rose.

Bright as sunshine on the sea.

Bright as the captain’s cabin of a man-of-war.

Bright was her soul as Dian’s crest.

Bright as fullest moon in blackest air.
—Arabian Nights

Bright as though a moon of the fourteenth night.
—Arabian Nights

Bright as a beach in the moonlight.
—Alfred Austin

Bright as the great stream of stars which flows through heaven.
—Philip James Bailey

Bright like night with stars.
—Philip James Bailey

Bright, like river gold.
—Philip James Bailey

Bright as midnight’s brightest eyes.
—Thomas Lovell Beddoes

Bright, as Moerice-Queens in June.
—A. H. Beesly

Bright within
As when from the sky there shines unclouded heaven’s candle.

Bright as an iceberg.
—R. D. Blackmore

Brighter than the sun through wheat.
—R. D. Blackmore

As bright as the waves of a rill.
—George H. Boker

Bright as the rippling ocean in sunshine.
—Robert Bridges (English)

Bright as icicles about a laurel-tree.
—Maria G. Brooks

Bright as Paphia’s eyes.
—Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Bright, like a flash of sunlight.
—Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Bright as the bow that spans the morn.
—Thomas Campbell

Bright as day.
—Geoffrey Chaucer

Bright as stars in winter.
—Geoffrey Chaucer

As rody and bright as doth the yonge sonne
That in the ram is foure degrees ronne.
—Geoffrey Chaucer

Bright as joy.
—Hartley Coleridge

Bright as the moon she shone, with silver light,
And charmed his sense with wonder and delight.
—William Congreve

Bright as truth.
—Barry Cornwall

Bright as orient morn.
—William Cowper

Bright as innocence.
—John Day

Bright as a flame.
—Daniel Defoe

Bright as sunset.
—Lord De Tabley

Bright as Apollo’s breastplate.
—Aubrey De Vere

Bright as May-day’s morn.
—Aubrey De Vere

Bright as the pastures of the sun.
—Aubrey De Vere

Shone as bright as sea-foam sparkling on a moonlit night.
—Aubrey De Vere

Bright as Heav’n.
—Wentworth Dillon

Bright and steady as a sunbeam.
—Dr. John Doran

Bricht as chrysolite.
—Gawain Douglas

Bright as goodness.
—John Dryden

Bright as Lucifer.
—William Dunbar

Bright and barren as the sea,
Bare of sorrow, bare of glee.
—Frederick William Faber

Bright … as all the flowers of May.
—Francis Fawkes

Bright as Phœbus.
—Francis Fawkes

Bright as live coals in the gloom.
—Gustave Flaubert

Bright as the breaking east.
—John Fletcher

Bright as any star in heaven.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Bright as at creation’s day.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Bright as before the day-star will appear.
—James Hammond

Bright as the visions of youth.
—Thomas Kibble Hervey

Bright as the jewels of the seven-starr’d crown.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes

As the resplendent cactus of the night
That floods the gloom with fragrance and with light.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes

Bright as noon in a conservatory of smoked glass.
—Ernest William Hornung

Bright as a beacon.
—Victor Hugo

Most like a fleet of stars that southing go.
—Jean Ingelow

Brycht as gold.
—James the First

Bright as ruddy meteors through the sky.
—Robert Jephson

Bright as the lily of the vale.
—Sir William Jones

Bright as the bow of Iris.
—John Keats

Bright as the humming-bird’s green diadem.
—John Keats

Bright as the gold-sparks that glisten and quiver at morning or eve, on the breast of the river.
—E. M. Kelly

Bright as an opium-eater’s dream.
—Charles Kingsley

Bright as Hope’s first smile.
—Letitia Elizabeth Landon

Bright as autumn’s fleecy clouds with golden glittering lightning decked.
—Lays of Ancient India

Bright as a button.
—Vincent Stuckey Lean (Collectanea)

Bright, like a fire-flash that crosses the depth of the night.
—Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Bright as living coal.
—Camille Lemonnier

Bright as the argent-horned mornes.
—Richard Lovelace

Bright as the ruby’s blaze.
—Samuel Lover

As bright as glow-worms in the night.
—John Lyly

Bright as the sunbeam of the morning.
—Evan MacColl

Bright as musky moss-rose summer’s sun.
—George Mac-Henry

Bright as the dimpled smiles that spring enwreath.
—George Mac-Henry

As bright as dewdrops in the sun.
—Charles Mackay

Bright like the moon when the stars are dimm’d with her blaze.
—Ewen Maclachan

Bright as the sunbeam’s light.
—Denis Florence McCarthy

Bright as new pottery.
—Maurice Maeterlinck

Bright as the Burning Bush of Moses.
—James. C. Mangan

Bright as beams of Paradise.
—Mary E. Mannix

Orange bright,
Like golden lamps in a green night.
—Andrew Marvell

Bright as orb that gives the day.
—William Mason

Rose-bright as a star dipped in sunset.
—Owen Meredith

As bright as a spot of June day sunshine on the grass.
—Donald G. Mitchell

Bright as Minerva’s yellow hair.
—Thomas Moore

Bright, like common things, glorified in love’s light.
—Dinah Maria Mulock

Bright as an angel new dropt from the sky.
—Thomas Parnell

Bright, as from blessed place.
—Stephen Phillips

Bright as the star of morn.
—Robert Pollok

Bright as the rising sun, in summer’s day.
—Alexander Pope

Bright as the star that fires autumnal skies.
—Alexander Pope

Bright, as visions of expiring maids.
—Alexander Pope

As golden morning’s flashing light.
—W. H. Prideaux

Bright as the sun.
—François Rabelais

Bright as the crimson glow when love first sends a missive to a maiden.
—C. D. Raymer

Bright as a cloud in the sunset air.
—T. Buchanan Read

Bright as an opening rose fresh with dew.
—Charles Reade

Bright as the sunset’s glow.
—Laura E. Richards

Bright as the light of her glorious eyes.
—James Whitcomb Riley

His smile as bright as the midst of May when the truce-bird pipes.
—James Whitcomb Riley

As bright as the morning sun.
—James Whitcomb Riley

Bright as the golden poppy is that the beach breeds for the surf to kiss.
—Christina Georgina Rossetti

Bright as a new bell.
—W. Clark Russell

Bright as all between cloudless skies and windless streams.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Bright as Spring.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Bright as are the Heavens that lie
Illumed by stars at night.
—Blanche Shoemaker

As bright … as the vestal fire.
—Christopher Smart

Bright as mountain snow.
—Robert Southey

Bright as the summer lightning when it spreads its glory o’er the midnight heaven.
—Robert Southey

Bright as doth the morning starre appeare.
—Edmund Spenser

Bright, like twinckling starres.
—Edmund Spenser

Bright as a rose new blown.
—Timothy Daniel Sullivan

Bright as an angel.
—Jonathan Swift

Bright as a dew-drop engilt of the sun on the sedge.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Bright as all above.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Bright as a warrior’s belt.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Bright as burns at sunrise, heaven’s own.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Song bright as heaven above the mounting bird.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Bright as heaven’s bare brow with hope of gifts withholden.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Bright as hell-fire.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Bright as hope.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Bright as Maytime.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Bright as mercy.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Bright as the kindling dews when the dawn begins.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Bright as the night is dark on the world.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Bright as though death’s dim sunrise thrilled it there and life re-risen took comfort.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Bright like spring with flower-soft wealth of branching tracery.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Brighter than joy’s own tears.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Bloom as bright as opening moon.
—Bayard Taylor

Bright as light.
—Alfred Tennyson

Bright and light as the crest of a peacock.
—Alfred Tennyson

Bright as the eyes of angels and as pure.
—William Thomson

Shine bright,
As sun-showers at the break of day.
—Henry D. Thoreau

Bright as a facet-cut diamond scattering light.
—Martin Farquhar Tupper

Bright as the seraphim pointing to eternity.
—Joseph Turnley

Bright as the blessings of heaven.
—Michael Vörösmarty

Bright as the promise of a cloudless day.
—C. P. Wilson

Bright as a sunbeam sleeping till a shower
Brush it away, or cloud pass over it.
—William Wordsworth

Bright as spring.
—William Wordsworth

Bright as the glimpses of eternity,
To saints accorded in their mortal hour.
—William Wordsworth

Bright as the dazzling snow.
—William Wordsworth

As a rainbow bright.
—Theodore Wratislaw

Bright as Phebus’ sphere.
—Sir Thomas Wyatt

Shining bright as a new lance.
—William Butler Yeats