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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Spring (Verb)
 
  Springs like a hunted deer.
            —Anonymous
  1
  Sprang to his feet like one recalled to life.
            —Anonymous
  2
  Spring up like mushrooms.
            —Anonymous
  3
  Spring up as weeds in neglected soil.
            —Anonymous
  4
  Springing up like dandelions after a spring shower.
            —Anonymous
  5
  Sprang to his feet like a startled roebuck.
            —Honoré de Balzac
  6
  Sprang, like an uncaged beast.
            —Robert Browning
  7
  Sprang like sparks from an anvil.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  8
  Sprang as from a sudden trumpet’s clang.
            —Lord Byron
  9
  Sprang forward like a courser for the goal.
            —James Fenimore Cooper
  10
  Sprang, like the twin fountains of Benasji, from a divided source.
            —Dr. John Doran
  11
  Spring like a stag.
            —Adam Lindsay Gordon
  12
  Springeth up as doth a welle.
            —John Gower
  13
Sprang like a wave
In the wind.
            —William Ernest Henley
  14
                Spring
Like an arrow released from the strain of the string.
            —Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  15
  Spring up like mushrooms in a September night.
            —George Birkbeck Hill
  16
  Springeth like Neptune.
            —Homer
  17
Oh never despair, for our hopes oftentime
Spring swiftly as flow’rs in some tropical clime,
Where the spot that was barren and scentless at night
Is blooming and fragrant at morning’s first light.
            —Samuel Lover
  18
  Sprang like a lily from the dirt of poverty.
            —Gerald Massey
  19
  Sprang, as smitten with a mortal wound.
            —James Montgomery
  20
  Spring as at the shout of war.
            —Samuel Rogers
  21
  Springest like a cloud of fire.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  22
  Springs like a mettled steed when the spur stingeth.
            —Mary E. Stebbins
  23
  They shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses.
            —Old Testament
  24
  Spring as the grass.
            —Old Testament
  25
  Spring forth like spectres starting from the storm-swept earth.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
  26
  Sprang like an arrow shot straight from the bow.
            —Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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