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 Bathos [Greek, bathos, depth].Bathyllus. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bath’sheba.
 
The Duchess of Portsmouth, a favourite court lady of Charles II. The allusion is to the wife of Uri’ah the Hittite, criminally beloved by David (2 Sam. xi.). The Duke of Monmouth says:   1
       
“My father, whom with reverence yet I name,
Charmed into ease, is careless of his fame;
And, bribed with petty sums of foreign gold,
Is grown in Bathsheba’s embraces old.”
       
Dryden: Absalom and Achitophel, i. 707–10.
 


 Bathos [Greek, bathos, depth].Bathyllus. 

 
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