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The grateful tear that streams for others' woes.
- Mark Akenside
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
- Bible, Matthew (ch. XXIII, v. 23)
He scorns his own who feels another's woe.
- Thomas Campbell
An Iliad of woes.
- Demosthenes 387, 12
A world of woes despatched in little space.
- John Dryden
O Fortune, how thy restless, wavering state has fraught with cares my troubled wit!
- Elizabeth I
Waste brings woe, and sorrow hates despair.
- Robert Greene, Sonnet
When one is past, another care we have;
Thus woe succeeds a woe, as wave a wave.
- Robert Herrick, Sorrows Succeed
And woe succeeds woe.
- Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), Iliad
(bk. XVI, l. 139), (Pope's translation)
Long exercised in woes.
- Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), Odyssey
(bk. I, l. 2), (Pope's translation)
Not suffering, but faint heart, is worst of woes.
- James Russell Lowell
My languid numbers have forgot to flow, and fancy sinks beneath a weight of woe.
- Alexander Pope
So perish all whose breast ne'er learned to glow
For other's good or melt at other's woe.
- Alexander Pope,
Elegy to an Unfortunate Lady
By woe the soul to daring action steals; by woe in plaintless patience it excels.
- Richard Savage
I was not always a man of woe.
- Sir Walter Scott,
The Lay of the Last Minstrel
(canto II, st. 12)
So many miseries have craz'd my voice,
That my woe-wearied tongue is still and mute.
- William Shakespeare
But I have that within, which passeth show; these but the trappings and the suits of woe.
- William Shakespeare, Hamlet
One woe doth tread upon another's heel,
So fast they follow.
- William Shakespeare,
Hamlet Prince of Denmark
(Gertrude, Queen of Denmark at IV, vii)
Wise men ne'er sit and wail their woes, but presently prevent the ways to wail.
- William Shakespeare, King Richard the II
I doubt it not; and all these woes shall serve
For sweet discourses in our times to come.
- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
(Romeo at III, v)
My thoughts, imprisoned in my secret woes, with flamy breaths do issue oft in sound.
- Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)
It becomes one, while exempt from woes, to look to the dangers.
Tell me, when shall these weary woes have end? or shall their ruthless torment never cease?
- Edmund Spenser
Dependants, friends, relations, love himself, ravaged by woe, forget the tender tie.
- James Thomson (1)
Woe for my vine-clad home, that it should ever be so dark to me, with its bright threshold and its whispering tree!
- Nathaniel Parker Willis
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