Not deep the Poet sees, but wide. Matthew Arnold The Strayed Reveller, and Other
I heard the church bells hollowing out the sky Deep beyond deep,
like never-ending stars. SirJohn Betjeman Summoned By Bells, ch.1.
Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and
thy billows are gone over me. Bible (Old Testament) Psalms 42:7.
They that go down to thesea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works
of the L, and his wonders in the deep. Bible (Old Testament) ORDPsalms107:23^4.
We therefore commit his body to the deep, to be turned into corruption,
looking for theresurrection of the body, (when the Sea shall
give up her dead). Book of Common Prayer Forms of Prayer to
be Used at Sea, At the Burial of their Dead at Sea.
could I flow like thee, and make thy stream My great example,
as it is my theme! Though deep, yet
clear, though gentle, yet not dull, Strong without
rage, without o'erflowing full. SirJohn Denham Of the Thames. Cooper's Hill, l.189^92.
The police dog of American fiction, except that his hatred
isnottheresultof mere crabbednessbut of aneye that sees too deep
for comfort. Clifton Fadiman Of US writer Ring
Lardner. Quoted in Scott Meredith George S Kaufman and His
Than these November skies Is no sky lovelier.
The clouds are deep; Into their grey the
subtle spies Of colour creep, Changing their high
austerity to delight, Till ev'n the
leaden interfolds are bright. John Freeman 'November Skies'.
And everyone will say, As you walk your
mystic way, 'If this young man
expresses himself in terms too deep for me, Why, what a very
singularly deep young man this deep young man must be!'
Sir W(illiam) S(chwenck) Gilbert Bunthorne's song, Patience, act1.
Who, too deep for his hearers, still went on refining, And thought of
convincing, while they thought of dining; Though equal to all
things, for all things unfit, Too nice for a
statesman, too proud for a wit. Oliver Goldsmith Of Edmund Burke. Retaliation, l.29^32.
You would not find out the boundaries of the soul, even by travelling along
every path: so deepa measure doesit have. Heraclitus fl.500 c.500 BC Quoted in
Kirk, Raven and Schofield (eds) The Presocratic
Philosophers (1957), ch.6.
Clear writers, like clear fountains, do not seem so deep as they are; the
turbid look the most profound. Walter Savage Landor Imaginary Conversations of Literary Men and
Statesmen, 'Southey and
Where were ye Nymphs when the remorseless deep Clos'd o'er the
head of your lov'd Lycidas? John Milton Lycidas, l.50^1.
Which way I fly is hell; myself am hell; And in the lowest
deep a lower deep Still threat'ning
to devour me opens wide, To which the hell I
suffer seems a heav'n. John Milton Satan. Paradise Lost (published1667), bk.4, l.75^8.
having learnt, thou hast attained the sum Of wisdom; hope no
higher, though all the stars Thou knew'st by
name, and all th'ethereal powers, All secrets of the
deep, all nature's works, Or works of God in
heav'n, air, earth, or sea, And all the riches
of this world enjoy'dst, And all the rule,
one empire; onlyadd Deeds to thy
knowledge answerable, add faith, Add virtue,
patience, temperance, add love, By name to come
called charity, the soul Of all the rest:
then wilt thou not be loath To leave this
Paradise, but shalt possess A paradise within thee, happier far. John Milton Michael to Adam. Paradise Lost (published1667),
always say beauty is only sin deep. Saki pseudonym of Hector Hugh Munro Reginald,'Reginald's ChoirTreat'.
Two voices are there: one is of the deep; It learns the
storm-clouds thundrous melody, Now roars, now
murmurs with the changing sea, Now bird-like
pipes, now closes soft in sleep: And one is of an
old half-witted sheep Which bleats
articulate monotony, And indicates that
two and one are three, That grass isgreen,
lakes damp, and mountains steep And,Wordsworth,
both are thine. J(ames) K(enneth) Stephen Lapsus Calami,'A Sonnet'.
Below the thunders of the upper deep; Far, far beneath in
the abysmal sea, His ancient, dreamless,
uninvaded sleep The Kraken
sleepeth. Tennyson Poems, Chiefly Lyrical,'The Kraken', l.1^4.
And now by
the side of the Black and the Baltic deep, And
deathful-grinning mouths of the fortress, flames The blood-red
blossom of war with a heart of fire. Tennyson Maud, pt.3, sect.6, stanza 4, l.51^3.
From the great deep to the great deep he goes. Tennyson Idylls of the King,'The Coming of Arthur', l.410.
Clothed with his breath, and looking, as he walked, Larger than human
on the frozen hills. He heard the deep
behind him, and a cry Before. Tennyson Idylls of the King,'The Passing of Arthur',
have come to the borders of sleep, The unfathomable
deep Forest, where all
must lose Their way, however
straight Or winding, soon or
late; They cannot choose.
(Philip) Edward Thomas 'Lights Out'.