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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Vanished like a trifling sigh.
            —Franklin P. Adams
  Vanished altogether, like the last spark on a burnt piece of paper.
            —Hans Christian Andersen
  Vanish like a bursted bubble.
  Vanished like a guilty thing.
  Vanished like a pantomime demon.
  Vanished like a pie.
  Vanished like a Titanic world of spectres.
  Like a vain dream … vanish’d hence, we know not how.
  Vanishing, like eerie bubbles, on the rough, tried sea of care.
  Vanishing like noxious exhalations.
  Vanish like the figments of a dream.
  Vanish like the mist in the morning.
  Vanish like a ghost before the sun.
            —Philip James Bailey
  Vanished like the furrow cut by a ship’s keel in the sea.
            —Honoré de Balzac
  Vanished like dew before the morning sun.
            —George Beattie
  All vanished, like a vision vain.
            —Emily Brontë
  Vanished like a fairy.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  Vanished like a corpse-light from a grave.
            —Lord Byron
  Vanished like dawn to the daylight Giosuè Carducci  19
  Vanishes, as is his wont, too like an Ignis Fatuus, leaving the dark still darker.
            —Thomas Carlyle
  Vanished, like a ghost at cock-crowing.
            —Thomas Carlyle
  Vanish like a shot.
            —Giovanni Battista Casti
  Vanishing as flies a dream.
            —John Clare
  Vanish’d like dew-drops from the spray.
            —W. G. Clark
                Passed away
As Fairies vanish at the break of day.
            —Hartley Coleridge
  Vanished away, like spectres.
            —Charles Dickens
  Vanish like a breath.
            —Charles Dickens
  Vanished like a discontented fairy.
            —Charles Dickens
  Vanish … as easily as an eel into sand.
            —Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  Gradually vanished like the receding hill-tops.
            —George Eliot
  Vanish as mist before the sun.
            —Gustave Flaubert
  Colors, like the rainbow, ever vanished.
            —Giles Fletcher
  Vanished like an empty shade.
            —Phineas Fletcher
  Vanished like a beautiful evening cloud.
            —Arne Garborg
  Vanished like the shades of night upon the burst of a glorious morning in July.
            —William Godwin
  Vanish like an echo or a dream.
            —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  Vanish, as by the waving of an enchanter’s wand.
            —Nathaniel Hawthorne
  Vanish, like a glimmering light, that comes we know not whence, and goes we know not whither.
            —Nathaniel Hawthorne
  Vanish like ephemeral things.
            —Nathaniel Hawthorne
  Vanish out of life as completely as if … he lay at the bottom of the sea.
            —Nathaniel Hawthorne
  Vanished like a baleful star.
            —Paul Hamilton Hayne
  Vanished like an empty dream.
            —Heinrich Heine
  Vanished … like the shadow of a cloud.
            —Thomas Hood
  Vanished like the enchanted castle on the approach of the conqueror.
            —Frank Horridge
  Vanished like the beautiful sparkling hoarfrost.
            —Victor Hugo
  Vanish together, as a dream of morning flies.
            —Victor Hugo
        Vanish like a fleeting dream,
The shadow of a chariot, or flash of sword.
            —Victor Hugo
  Vanished like the fleeting forms drawn in an evening cloud.
            —Richard Jago
  All vanish as you shall vanish, like a bubble thrown up from the deep.
            —Louis Kossuth
  She vanished like the lightning’s sudden gleam.
            —Alphonse M. L. Lamartine
  Vanished like a fleet of cloud, like a passing trumpet-blast, are those splendors of the past.
            —Henry W. Longfellow
  Vanish … like the mist of the lake.
            —James Macpherson
  Vanished … like the body in the tomb.
            —Denis Florence McCarthy
  Vanished … like the day branch in the fire.
            —Denis Florence McCarthy
        Like the dreams of the Blind,
Vanish the glories and pomps of the earth in the wind.
            —James Clarence Mangan
  Vanish like a dew-drop in a rose.
            —Gerald Massey
  Vanish like a view caught out of darkness by lightning.
            —George Meredith
  Vanished, like a blasted thing.
            —Donald G. Mitchell
  Vanish like gossamers of autumn eve.
            —Dinah Maria Mulock
  Vanished like the feathery snow in summer’s running brooks.
  Vanished like a mist that melts on the sunny hill.
  Vanished like a scene of enchantment.
            —Jane Porter
  Vanished, like the airy fabric of an Eastern tale.
            —William H. Prescott
  Vanished, like a shadow fled.
            —Edna D. Proctor
  He vanishes like a man who has caused his property to be snatched from a swindler.
            —Osmanli Proverb
  Vanished, like the writing from the sand.
            —T. Buchanan Read
Like the swift shadows of Noon, like the dreams of the blind,
Vanish the glories and pomps of the earth in the wind.
            —Friedrich Rückert
  Vanished from our eyes, like sunbeam on the billow cast.
            —Sir Walter Scott
  Vanisheth as smoke from Ætna.
            —William Shakespeare
  Vanish like hailstones.
            —William Shakespeare
  Vanish, like smoke before the tempest’s stream.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Vanished, like a star into a cloud.
            —Alexander Smith
  Vanish like a vision of the night.
            —Robert Southey
  Beauty vanishes like a vapor.
            —Harriet P. Spofford
  Vanish like smoke of incense.
            —Richard H. Stoddard
  Vanish away like smoke.
            —Old Testament
  Vanish like a shooting star.
            —John Tobin
  Vanished like a mere soap-bubble.
            —Josef K. Tyl
  Vanished … like a feathered shaft frae a yeoman’s bow.
            —David Vedder
            Evanished like a blink
Of starlight ere the mind can think.
            —Frank Waters
Vanished, like a rush
Of self-consuming flame.
            —Robert K. Weeks
Light as a sunbeam glides along the hills
She vanished.
            —William Wordsworth

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