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[ Also see Consolation Crying Death Feeling Grief Laughter Mourning Pity Sadness Sensibility Sorrow Sympathy Weeping Woe ]

She was a good deal shock'd; not shock'd at tears,
  For women shed and use them at their liking;
    But there is something when man's eye appears
      Wet, still more disagreeable and striking.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto V, st. 118)

There is a tear for all who die,
  A mourner o'er the humblest grave.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Elegiac Stanzas--On the Death of Sir Peter Parker, Bart

So bright the tear in Beauty's eye,
  Love half regrets to kiss it dry.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        The Bride of Abydos (canto I, st. 8)

A stoic of the woods,--a man without a tear.
      - Thomas Campbell, Gertrude of Wyoming
         (pt. I, st. 23)

For Beauty's tears are lovelier than her smile.
      - Thomas Campbell, Pleasures of Hope
         (pt. I, l. 180)

We look through gloom and storm-drift
  Beyond the years:
    The soul would have no rainbow
      Hard the eyes no tears.
      - John Vance Cheney, Tears

Nothing dries sooner than a tear.
  [Lat., Nihil enim lacryma citius arescit.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Ad Herrenium (II, 31, 50)

The sweet dew that lingered in her eye for pity's sake was--like an exhalation in the sun--dried and absorbed by love.
      - Barry Cornwall (pseudonym of Bryan Waller Procter)

Here tears and sighs speak his imperfect moan,
  In language far more moving than his own.
      - Abraham Cowley

Words that weep, and tears that speak.
      - Abraham Cowley, The Prophet (st. 2, l. 8)

And the tear, that is wiped with a little address,
  May be follow'd perhaps by a smile.
      - William Cowper, The Rose

No radiant pearl, which crested Fortune wears,
  No gem that twinkling hangs from Beauty's wars.
    Not the bright stars which Night's blue arch adorn,
      Nor rising suns that gild the vernal morn,
        Shine with such lustre as the tear that flows
          Down Virtue's manly cheek for others' woes.
      - Erasmus Darwin, The Botanic Garden
         (pt. II, canto III, l. 459)

Believe these tears, which from my wounded heart bleed at my eyes.
      - John Dryden

The tears that stood considering in her eyes.
      - John Dryden

What precious drops are those,
  Which silently each other's track pursue,
    Bright as young diamonds in their faint dew?
      - John Dryden, The Conquest of Grenada
         (pt. II, act III, sc. 1)

Weep for love, but not for anger; a cold rain will never bring flowers.
      - Barry Duncan

Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.
      - Euripides

So looks the lily after a shower, while drops of rain run gently down its silken leaves, and gather sweetness as they pass.
      - Henry Fielding

Weep no more, nor sigh, nor groan,
  Sorrow calls no time that's gone:
    Violets plucked the sweetest rain
      Makes not fresh nor grow again.
      - John William Fletcher, Queen of Corinth
         (act IV, sc. 1),
        not in original folio, said to be spurious

How, thro' her tears, with pale and trembling radiance,
  The eye of beauty shines, and lights her sorrows!
    As rises o'er the storm some silver star,
      The seaman's hope, and promise of his safety.
      - Saint Francis of Assisi

The good widow's sorrow is no storm, but a still rain; commonly it comes to pass that that grief is quickly emptied that streameth out at so large a vent, whilst their tears that but drop will hold running a long time.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Those who are surly and imperious to their inferiors, are generally humble, flattering, and cringing to their superiors.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

The tear forgot as soon as shed,
  The sunshine of the breast.
      - Thomas Gray, Eton College (st. 5)

Ope the sacred source of sympathetic tears.
      - Thomas Gray, Progress of Poesy
         (III, 1, l. 12)

And weep the more, because I weep in vain.
      - Thomas Gray,
        Sonnet--On the Death of Mr. West

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