There was a sound of revelry by night, And Belgium's
capital had gathered then Her beauty and her
chivalry, and bright Childe Harold's Pilgrimage Foul as their soil, and frigid as their
snows. The lamps that
shone o'er fair women and brave men; A thousand hearts
beat happily; and when Music arose with
its voluptuous swell, Soft eyes looked
love to eyes which spake again, And all went
merryas a marriage bell; But hush! hark! a
deep sound strikes like a rising knell! Rochdale ^18 Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, canto 3, stanza 21.
The tolling bell Measures time not
our time, rung by the unhurried Ground swell, a
time Older than the time
of chronometers. T(homas) S(tearns) Eliot Four Quartets,'The Dry Salvages', pt.1.
I sought out quaint words, and trim invention; My thoughts began
to burnish, sprout, and swell, Curling with
metaphors a plain intention, Decking the sense,
as if it were to sell. George Herbert 'Jordan (2)',
collected in The Temple, Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations
have desired to go Where springs not
fail, To fields where
flies no sharp and sided hail And a few lilies
blow And I have asked to
be Where no storms
come, Where the green
swell is in the havens dumb, And out of the
swing of the sea. Gerard Manley Hopkins 'Heaven-Haven'.
It keeps eternal whisperings around Desolate shoresand
with its mighty swell Gluts twice ten
thousand Caverns. John Keats 'On the Sea'.
This is the end of the whaleroad and the whale Who spewed
Nantucket bones on the thrashed swell And stirred the
troubled waters to whirlpools To send the Pequod
packing off to hell RobertTraill Spence,Jr Lowell 'The Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket', pt.4. The
Pequod was the ship that
sailed after Moby Dick in Melville's novel.
Who wants to be a millionaire? And go to ev'ry
swell affair? Cole Porter 'WhoWants to Be a Millionaire', from the show High
An admiral red, whose only notion, (A butterfly poised
on a pigtailed ocean) Is of the peruked
sea whose swell Breaks on the
flowerless rocks of Hell. Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell Fa c° ade,'En Famille'.