Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome as flowers that bloom in the spring.
—Sir William Schwenk Gilbert
Welcome as a pole-cat at a picnic.
Welcome as peace after destructive war.
Welcome as the bird to the elm-tree bough.
—James Russell Lowell
Welcome as a boon long sought.
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.
As is the spring to the earth.
The night to the owl and morn to the lark less welcome.
Welcome as dogs unto a church they are.
Welcome! as beauty to the lovesick swain,
For which he long had sigh’d in vain.
Welcome as the discovery of a five-dollar bill in an old coat to a salaried man the morning before pay day.
Welcome as the rear view of a grizzly bear to a hunter who has left his firearms at home.
Welcome to my tranced view,
As battle-yell to warrior’s ear.
—John Greenleaf Whittier
Welcome as a star.