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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
As Thames and Seine, St. Lawrence, Nile, and Ganges,
Mingled in one illimitable sea.
            —Grant Allen
  Free as a fly.
  Free as a gift.
  Free as a wood sawer.
  Free as egg-nog on Christmas Eve.
  Free as the diamond is free from alloy.
  Free as the sybil’s leaves of yore.
  Free as thought.
  Free as a hurricane.
  Free as a mountain goat.
  As free from artifice as is the dimple in childhood’s cheek.
            —Alfred Austin
  Free as Phœbus.
            —Beaumont and Fletcher
  Free as wanton winds.
            —Aphra Behn
  Free, as a young calf, from sorrow.
            —Aphra Behn
  Free as whispering air.
            —Aphra Behn
  Free as bird on branch, just as ready to fly east as west.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  Free as light.
            —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  Free as a babe from cheating.
            —Robert Browning
  Free as cloud and sunbeam are.
            —Robert Browning
  Free and winding as a poet’s thought through his verse.
            —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  Free and graceful … like Dian when the bounding hart she tracks through the morning dew.
  Free as the wind.
            —Thomas Chatterton
  Free as the light and air.
            —Charles Churchill
  Free as water.
            —Will Levington Comfort
  Free as the sunbeams on the chainless air.
            —Robert T. Conrad
  Free-handed as a harlot.
            —John Davidson
  Free as a liberated ghost.
            —Sydney Dobell
  Free and noble as clear poesy.
            —Michael Drayton
  Free as nature first made man.
            —John Dryden
  Free as an Arab.
            —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  Free as a mountain bird.
            —Sir William Schwenk Gilbert
  Free as a tethered ass.
            —Sir William Schwenk Gilbert
  Free as the hawk.
            —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  Smiling free, as rose to summer air.
            —Dora Greenwell
  Free as the soul.
            —Edward Hake
  Free, like one who trails the plough.
            —Samuel Hoffenstein
            Good and free
As when poor Eve was innocent.
            —Jean Ingelow
  Free as an eagle.
            —John Keats
  Free as the sky-searching lark.
            —John Keats
  Free as the breeze.
            —Francis Scott Key
            More divinely free
Than Pacific’s boundless sea.
            —Frederic L. Knowles
  Free as ambient air.
            —Sir Roger L’Estrange
  Free as the waters of life.
            —Alfred Henry Lewis
  Free as a king.
            —Thomas Lodge
  Free as warmth in summer’s weather.
            —Charles Mackay
  Free as breezes be on Nature’s velvet flooring.
            —Eric Mackay
  Free as the thought that ye canna confine.
            —David Macbeth Moir
Free as Severn’s waves, that spring to bless
Their parent hills.
            —James Montgomery
  Free as the fetterless wind.
            —Thomas Moore
  Free as first innocence.
            —Thomas Otway
  Free as mountain winds.
            —William Shakespeare
  Freer than a jailer.
            —William Shakespeare
  Free in spirit as the mountain.
            —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  Free from flaw or stain as diamond from the mine.
            —Douglas B. W. Sladen
As the stars’ mountain-tops be,
As the pearl, in the depths of the sea,
From the portionless king that wears it.
            —Edmund Clarence Stedman
As birds that breast and brave the sea.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Free as the circling sea.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Free as heaven.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Free-born as winds and stars and waves are free.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Freer than birds or dreams are free.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  Free as song.
            —Bayard Taylor
  As free as the eagle’s wing.
            —Henry D. Thoreau
  Free as fishing is.
            —Izaak Walton
  Free as Emperors.
            —William Ward
Free as our rivers are
Ocean-ward going.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
                Free to rise
As leaves on Autumn’s whirlwind borne.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
  Free as India’s leopard.
            —N. P. Willis
  Free as the soul of the fragrant wine.
            —William Winter
  Free as the Sun.
            —William Wordsworth
  Free as our desires.
            —William Wordsworth

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