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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Gay
 
  Gay as a blackbird.
            —Anonymous
  1
  Gay as a bullfinch.
            —Anonymous
  2
  Gay as a negro funeral.
            —Anonymous
  3
  Gay as the tropic bird’s sheen is youth’s fresh frolic freeness.
            —A. H. Beesly
  4
  Gay and gladsome as the air.
            —Mary E. Blake
  5
  Gay as Colinette.
            —Robert Bridges (American)
  6
  Gay as a woman’s wish.
            —Henry Brooke
  7
  Gay … like a Swiss guard off duty.
            —Robert Browning
  8
  Gay as a guinea.
            —Robert Buchanan
  9
  Gay as the gilded summer sky.
            —Robert Burns
  10
  Gaie as all nature at the mornyng’s smile.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  11
  Gay as gold.
            —Chester Plays
  12
  Gay as the dahlia’s bloom.
            —Eliza Cook
  13
                Gay,
As the fairest and sweetest, that blow
On the beautiful bosom of May.
            —William Cowper
  14
  Gay as a butterfly.
            —Charles Dickens
  15
  Gay as a thrush.
            —Austin Dobson
  16
  Gay as a chaffinch.
            —Alexandre Dumas, père
  17
  Gay as larks.
            —Jean de La Fontaine
  18
  Gay as Apollo’s locks.
            —John Ford
  19
  Gay as the joy of a maiden’s look.
            —Sam Walter Foss
  20
                Gay,
Like to a light and brilliant butterfly,
Around a dusky flower.
            —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  21
  Gay as a mote.
            —William Hazlitt
  22
  Gay as the thistledown over the lea.
            —Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  23
            Gay and fleeting
As bubbles that swim on the beaker’s brim, and break on the lips while meeting.
            —Charles Fenno Hoffman
  24
  Gay as bridal bowers with vows of many-petalled maids.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  25
  Gay as the morning.
            —William Livingston
  26
  Gay as the hawthorn in May.
            —Evan MacColl
  27
  Gay as a rising sun.
            —Mahabharata
  28
  Gay as lover to the altar.
            —Gerald Massey
  29
  Colors as gay as those on angels’ wings.
            —Thomas Moore
  30
  Gay as the starling shoots thro’ the skies.
            —F. W. H. Myers
  31
  Gay as if his life were young.
            —Thomas Otway
  32
  Gay as mischief.
            —Ouida
  33
  Gay as the primrose-dell in May.
            —Ambrose Philips
  34
  As the feathered warblers gay.
            —William Shenstone
  35
  Gay as April ere he dreams of May.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  36
            Your voice was gay
As the voice of a bird in the dawn of a day
On a sunshiny tree.
            —Arthur Symons
  37
  Gay as the garments of gem-sprinkled gold.
            —Bayard Taylor
  38
  Too gay … like a pink ribbon on the bonnet of a Puritan woman.
            —Henry D. Thoreau
  39
  As gay as a bridegroom.
            —Sir John Vanbrugh
  40
  Gay as the dancing wind.
            —Sarah. C. Woolsey
  41
  Gaily, as one who hath no care or pain.
            —William Watson
  42
  Gay as the spring.
            —Thomas Yalden
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