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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Swift
 
  As the breezes swift.
            —Thomas Aird
  1
  Swift as the lightning flash.
            —Mark Akenside
  2
  Swift as a cannon ball.
            —Anonymous
  3
  Swift as fate.
            —Anonymous
  4
  Swift as kindling flames arise.
            —Anonymous
  5
  Swift as the glance of a falling star.
            —Anonymous
  6
  Swifter than fleeing Daphne’s twinkling feet.
            —Anonymous
  7
  Swift as the steed that feels the slackened rein.
            —Anonymous
  8
  Swift like a simoon of the desert.
            —Anonymous
  9
  Swifter than the falcon.
            —Max Beerbohm
  10
  Swift as a sun-beam.
            —Thomas Blacklock
  11
  Swift as the summer lightning.
            —R. D. Blackmore
  12
  Swift as arrow.
            —William Blake
  13
  Swift as the eye can mark.
            —Henry H. Brownell
  14
  Swift as Jove’s lightning.
            —William Byrd
  15
Swift almost as a human smile may chase
A frown from some conciliated face.
            —Pedro Calderón de la Barca
  16
  Swefte as descendeynge lemes [rays] of roddie lyghte plonged to the hulstred [secret] bedde of loveynge [washing] seas.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  17
  Swefte as a feether’d takel [Arrow].
            —Thomas Chatterton
  18
  Swefte as my wyshe.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  19
  Swift as the flying clouds distilling rain.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  20
  Swefte as the rayne-storme toe the erthe alyghtes.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  21
  Swefte, as the rayne uponne an Aprylle daie.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  22
  Swefte as the roareynge wyndes.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  23
  Swift as fowel in flight.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  24
  As swifte as pelet out of gonne.
            —Geoffrey Chaucer
  25
  Swift as a spirit.
            —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  26
  Swift as dreams.
            —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  27
  Swift as a sun ray.
            —Eliza Cook
  28
  Swift as a lover’s dreams.
            —Barry Cornwall
  29
  Swift as Care.
            —Nathaniel Cotton
  30
  As swift and fierce as tempest from the north.
            —Abraham Cowley
  31
  Swift as the wings of Morn.
            —Abraham Cowley
  32
  Swifter than a shadow flee.
            —William Cowper
  33
  Swift as a star falls through the night.
            —George Darley
  34
  Swift as a sunshot dart of light.
            —George Darley
  35
  Swift as a whirlwind.
            —Thomas Dekker
  36
  Swift as dead leaves by tempest borne.
            —Aubrey De Vere
  37
  Swift as the scattered clouds on high.
            —Alfred Domett
  38
As swift as the glance of the arrowy lance
That the storm spirit flings from high.
            —Joseph Rodman Drake
  39
  Swift as the wings of sound.
            —George Eliot
  40
  A swift movement, which was like a chained up resolution set free at last.
            —George Eliot
  41
  Swift as fate.
            —Philip Freneau
  42
  Swift as vision.
            —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  43
  Swift as the flight of lightning through the air.
            —William Harbington
  44
  Swift as a flood of fire.
            —Homer (Pope)
  45
  Swift as the vulture leaping on his prey.
            —George Eliot
  46
  Swift as the wind.
            —George Eliot
  47
  Swift as a swallow heading south.
            —Laurence Hope
  48
Swifter than the rush of wind
That lifts the sea-gull off the lake.
            —Douglas Hyde
  49
  Swift as a star.
            —Sir William Jones
  50
  Swift as a fathoming plummet down he fell.
            —John Keats
  51
                As swift
As bird on wing to breast its eggs again.
            —George Eliot
  52
  Swift as fairy thought.
            —George Eliot
  53
  Swifter than centaurs after rapine bent.
            —George Eliot
  54
  Swifter than sight.
            —George Eliot
  55
  Swift as the cloven tongues of Pentecost.
            —Harriet E. Hamilton King
  56
  Flies as swift as shafts the bowmen pour.
            —Andrew Lang
  57
  Swift as the lightning’s rapid flame darts on the unsuspecting sight.
            —John Langhorne
  58
  Swift as a flash.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  59
  Swift as the thunderbolt.
            —Richard Lovelace
  60
  Swift as the sea-bird’s wing.
            —Samuel Lover
  61
  Swift as runs a wind-wave over grass.
            —Gerald Massey
  62
  Swift as a blush in the cheeks of seventeen.
            —George Meredith
  63
  Swift as the lightning glance.
            —John Milton
  64
  Swift as the sparkle of a glancing star.
            —John Milton
  65
  Swift as Death’s own arrows dart.
            —James Montgomery
  66
  Swifter than the frighted dove.
            —James Montgomery
  67
  Fly swifter than light.
            —Dinah Maria Mulock
  68
  Swift as mercury.
            —Thomas Nash
  69
  Swift, like some fierce bird of prey.
            —Robert Pollok
  70
  Swift as an arrow soaring from the bow.
            —Alexander Pope
  71
  Swift as a cloud gust-driven from the sun.
            —T. Buchanan Read
  72
  Swift as a shadow o’er the meadow grass chased by the sunshine.
            —T. Buchanan Read
  73
  Swift as signal fires.
            —T. Buchanan Read
  74
  Swift as memory.
            —Edouard Rod
  75
  Swift as the fleeting shades upon the golden corn.
            —Nicholas Rowe
  76
  Swift as a hawk.
            —Charles Sangster
  77
  Like a sunbeam, swift.
            —Sir Walter Scott
  78
  Swift as a shadow.
            —William Shakespeare
  79
  Swift as breathed stags.
            —William Shakespeare
  80
  Swift as frenzy’s thoughts.
            —William Shakespeare
  81
  Swift as lead.
            —William Shakespeare
  82
                As swift
As meditation, or the thoughts of love.
            —William Shakespeare
  83
  Swift as quicksilver.
            —William Shakespeare
  84
                Swift as stones
Enforced from the old Assyrian slings.
            —William Shakespeare
  85
  Swifter than arrow from the Tartar’s bow.
            —William Shakespeare
  86
  Swift as thought.
            —William Shakespeare
  87
  Swift in motion as a ball.
            —William Shakespeare
  88
  Swifter than he that gibbets on the brewer’s bucket.
            —William Shakespeare
  89
  Swifter than the moon’s sphere.
            —William Shakespeare
  90
  Swift as a cloud between the sea and sky.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  91
  Swift as fire.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  92
  Swift as greyhounds.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  93
  Swift as leaves on autumn’s tempest shed.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  94
  Swift as smoke from a volcano springs.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  95
  Swift as twinkling beams.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  96
  Swifter than summer’s flight.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  97
  Swifter than youth’s delight.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  98
  Swift as a beam of morning.
            —Elizabeth S. Sheppard
  99
  Swift as an arrow in its flight.
            —Robert Southey
  100
  Swift as a falling meteor.
            —Robert Southey
  101
  Swift as the bittern soars on spiral wing.
            —Robert Southey
  102
  Swift away like fabrics in the summer’s clouds.
            —Robert Southey
  103
  Swift as any bucke in chace.
            —Edmund Spenser
  104
  More swift than Myrrh’ or Daphne in her race.
            —Edmund Spenser
  105
  Swift as the flame devours the crackling wood.
            —Statius
  106
  Swift as the headlong torrents of a flood.
            —Edmund Spenser
  107
  Swift as a passing bird.
            —Robert Louis Stevenson
  108
  Swift and steadfast as a sea-mew’s wing.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  109
  Swift as a shadow.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  110
  Swift as eternity.
            —Arthur Symons
  111
  As swift as fiery lightning kindled new.
            —Torquato Tasso
  112
  As swift as the eagle flieth.
            —Old Testament
  113
  As swift as the roes upon the mountains.
            —Old Testament
  114
  Swift as the waters.
            —Old Testament
  115
  Swifter than a weaver’s shuttle.
            —Old Testament
  116
  Swifter than the eagles of the heaven.
            —Old Testament
  117
  Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.
            —Old Testament
  118
  Swift as desire.
            —Thomas Tickell
  119
  Swift as the motions of desire.
            —Isaac Watts
  120
  Swift as the Polar breeze.
            —Henry Kirke White
  121
  Swift as the eagle’s glance of fire.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
  122
  Swift as a rocketing woodcock.
            —Harry Leon Wilson
  123
  Swift as a Thracian Nymph o’er field and height.
            —William Wordsworth
  124
  Swift as darted flame.
            —Edward Young
  125
 
 
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