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


As Thames and Seine, St. Lawrence, Nile, and Ganges,
Mingled in one illimitable sea.
—Grant Allen

Free as a fly.

Free as a gift.

Free as a wood sawer.

Free as egg-nog on Christmas Eve.

Free as the diamond is free from alloy.

Free as the sybil’s leaves of yore.

Free as thought.

Free as a hurricane.

Free as a mountain goat.

As free from artifice as is the dimple in childhood’s cheek.
—Alfred Austin

Free as Phœbus.
—Beaumont and Fletcher

Free as wanton winds.
—Aphra Behn

Free, as a young calf, from sorrow.
—Aphra Behn

Free as whispering air.
—Aphra Behn

Free as bird on branch, just as ready to fly east as west.
—Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Free as light.
—Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Free as a babe from cheating.
—Robert Browning

Free as cloud and sunbeam are.
—Robert Browning

Free and winding as a poet’s thought through his verse.
—Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Free and graceful … like Dian when the bounding hart she tracks through the morning dew.

Free as the wind.
—Thomas Chatterton

Free as the light and air.
—Charles Churchill

Free as water.
—Will Levington Comfort

Free as the sunbeams on the chainless air.
—Robert T. Conrad

Free-handed as a harlot.
—John Davidson

Free as a liberated ghost.
—Sydney Dobell

Free and noble as clear poesy.
—Michael Drayton

Free as nature first made man.
—John Dryden

Free as an Arab.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Free as a mountain bird.
—Sir William Schwenk Gilbert

Free as a tethered ass.
—Sir William Schwenk Gilbert

Free as the hawk.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Smiling free, as rose to summer air.
—Dora Greenwell

Free as the soul.
—Edward Hake

Free, like one who trails the plough.
—Samuel Hoffenstein

Good and free
As when poor Eve was innocent.
—Jean Ingelow

Free as an eagle.
—John Keats

Free as the sky-searching lark.
—John Keats

Free as the breeze.
—Francis Scott Key

More divinely free
Than Pacific’s boundless sea.
—Frederic L. Knowles

Free as ambient air.
—Sir Roger L’Estrange

Free as the waters of life.
—Alfred Henry Lewis

Free as a king.
—Thomas Lodge

Free as warmth in summer’s weather.
—Charles Mackay

Free as breezes be on Nature’s velvet flooring.
—Eric Mackay

Free as the thought that ye canna confine.
—David Macbeth Moir

Free as Severn’s waves, that spring to bless
Their parent hills.
—James Montgomery

Free as the fetterless wind.
—Thomas Moore

Free as first innocence.
—Thomas Otway

Free as mountain winds.
—William Shakespeare

Freer than a jailer.
—William Shakespeare

Free in spirit as the mountain.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Free from flaw or stain as diamond from the mine.
—Douglas B. W. Sladen

As the stars’ mountain-tops be,
As the pearl, in the depths of the sea,
From the portionless king that wears it.
—Edmund Clarence Stedman

As birds that breast and brave the sea.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Free as the circling sea.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Free as heaven.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Free-born as winds and stars and waves are free.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Freer than birds or dreams are free.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Free as song.
—Bayard Taylor

As free as the eagle’s wing.
—Henry D. Thoreau

Free as fishing is.
—Izaak Walton

Free as Emperors.
—William Ward

Free as our rivers are
Ocean-ward going.
—John Greenleaf Whittier

Free to rise
As leaves on Autumn’s whirlwind borne.
—John Greenleaf Whittier

Free as India’s leopard.
—N. P. Willis

Free as the soul of the fragrant wine.
—William Winter

Free as the Sun.
—William Wordsworth

Free as our desires.
—William Wordsworth