Fish-god

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fish-god a deity in form wholly or partly like a fish, like the Philistine Dagon
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Quotations

  • Eric Butterworth
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    “The one thing that a fish can never find is water; and the one thing that man can never find is God.”
  • Pedro Calderon de la Barca
    Pedro Calderon de la Barca
    “What law, what reason can deny that gift so sweet, so natural that God has given a stream, a fish, a beast, a bird?”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fisc; Ger. fisch; Ice. fiskr; L. piscis; Gr. ichthys; Gael. iasg.

Usage

In literature:

Here then had been the principal temple of the fish-god Dagon, which fell nightly in presence of the Israelitish ark.
"Byeways in Palestine" by James Finn
A pleasant sail to you; God send a dozen fish, and may you kill them merrily.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, May 1844" by Various
Wainamoinen then prayed to Ahto, god of the ocean, and his wife, Wellamo, that they would drive the Fire-fish into his nets.
"Finnish Legends for English Children" by R. Eivind
O ye gods and little fishes!
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
When they put it in the temple of their fish-god Dagon, the great idol fell down before it and was broken.
"Child's Story of the Bible" by Mary A. Lathbury
I'll ne'er open my beak, if the gods please, For such mean little fishes as these.
"A Hundred Fables of La Fontaine" by Jean de La Fontaine
If the good God would send us such fishing every night we should eat well enough.
"A Village of Vagabonds" by F. Berkeley Smith
We might as well be eaten by the Tannese as by fishes; but God will give us life with Jesus in heaven!
"The Story of John G. Paton" by James Paton
So they were fed by the god Okikurumi, who used to fish for them, and then send round his wife Turesh with what he had caught.
"Aino Folk-Tales" by Basil Hall Chamberlain
Oh, ye gods and little fishes!
"The Comic Latin Grammar" by Percival Leigh
Ye gods and little fishes!
"The Adventures of the Eleven Cuff-Buttons" by James Francis Thierry
Oh, ye gods and little fishes!
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 26, July 1880." by Various
Three aumakuas, three fishes supposed to be spirit-gods, guarded Kaula and defeated his purpose.
"Legends of Ma-ui--a demi god of Polynesia, and of his mother Hina" by W. D. Westervelt
Flesh, nature, in God's presence is as much out of its element as a stone in the air or a fish out of water.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of St. John, Vol. I" by Marcus Dods
Ay, upon the very fish that swims in the stream, which God gave for the use of all.
"Flora Lyndsay" by Susanna Moodie
Tangaroa was the god of the ocean, the origin and tutelary deity of fish.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead" by James George Frazer
God be with you, the river is not on fire, and Manasseh is not going to take the fish back there, either.
"Yiddish Tales" by Various
Secondly a fish, divinely sent to save the man of God.
"Adventures and Enthusiasms" by E. V. Lucas
In some of the shell-fish even, gods were supposed to be present.
"Essays Upon Some Controverted Questions" by Thomas H. Huxley
Oh, ye gods and little fishes!
"The Actress' Daughter" by May Agnes Fleming
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In poetry:

"The AEsir thirst!" he muttered;
"The gods must have more blood
Before the tun shall blossom
Or fish shall fill the flood.
"The Dole Of Jarl Thorkell" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Implore God's help in ev'ry ill,
He is the Giver of all good:
But shou'dst thou trust thy net and skill,
Thou'dst lose the fish, that by thee stood.
"Concerning The Divine Providence" by Rees Prichard
The water is the fish's element,
Her sportings there to her are excellent;
So is God's service unto holy men,
They are not in their element till then.
"Upon the Fish in The Water" by John Bunyan
The water is the fish's element:
Leave her but there, and she is well content.
So's he, who in the path of life doth plod,
Take all, says he, let me but have my God.
"Upon the Fish in The Water" by John Bunyan
For if thou dost not pray aright to God,
Like Jonah, thou a baseless booth shalt make —
Or else, like Peter, thou shalt spread abroad
Thy nets — and yet a single fish not take.
"Advice To Pray Earnestly, And On All Occasions, Supposed To Be Address'd To His Own Son" by Rees Prichard
And they lived on shell fish while they were there,
Until one day they began to despair,
But thank God they espied a vessel near at hand,
And they were taken on board and landed safe in fair England.
"Bill Bowls, the Sailor" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Lunch cart version of the SE restaurant serving those little fish-shaped sandwiches and selection of 3 of the Soups of the Gods.
There's an old saying among fishermen that God gives each of us a certain amount of time on earth, but the time we spend fishing doesn't count against that total.
Gone Fishin': It is not wise to tempt the Derby fish gods.
It's not a particularly pretty fish, but it's the reason that God made beer, beer batter and Shore Lunch.
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