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 Bath-kol (daughter of the voice).Bath’sheba. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bathos [Greek, bathos, depth].
 
A ludicrous descent from grandiloquence to commonplace. A literary mermaid.   1
       
“Humano capiti cervicem pictor equinam
Jungere si yelit … ut turpiter atrum
Desinat in piscem mulier formosa superne.”
“Parturiunt montes, nascetur ridiculus mus.”
       
Horace: De Arte Poetica, line 139.
   A good example is the well-known couplet:   2
       
“And thou, Dalhousie, the great god of war,
Lieutenant-general to the earl of Mar.”
 


 Bath-kol (daughter of the voice).Bath’sheba. 

 
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