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Sorrowfulness   Listen

The state of being sad.  Synonyms: sadness, sorrow.
A state of gloomy sorrow.  Synonyms: mournfulness, ruthfulness.

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"Sorrowfulness" Quotes from Famous Books

... confess, I know no better hymn-poet than Gerhardt. He, Rist, and Dach form a trefoil, but the chosen instrument, Luther, was the root. Gerhardt wrote during the ringing of the church bells, so to speak. A certain impressiveness, a certain sorrowfulness, a certain fervour, were peculiar to him; he was a guest on earth, and everywhere in his one hundred and twenty-three songs sunflowers are sown. This flower ever turns to the sun, so does Gerhardt to a ...
— Paul Gerhardt's Spiritual Songs - Translated by John Kelly • Paul Gerhardt

... arms do giants; therefore see How great must be that whole which corresponds Unto a part so fashioned. If he was As beautiful as he is ugly now, And raised his brows against his Maker, sure All sorrowfulness must proceed from him. Ah! how great marvel unto me it seemed When I beheld three faces to his head! The one before, and that was vermeil-hue; Two were the others which adjoined to this, Over the midst of either shoulder, and They made ...
— Dante: "The Central Man of All the World" • John T. Slattery

... touched to the heart's core, and in one rapid lightning-like glance, his memory revealed to him the faultful past, in all its sorrowfulness. And he, too, prayed wildly for help both for soul and body. Alone on the crag, with the sea tumbling and plashing round them, growing and gaining so much on their place of refuge, that his terror began to summon up the ...
— Eric • Frederic William Farrar

Words linked to "Sorrowfulness" :   woefulness, plaintiveness, sorrowful, mourning, ruthfulness, poignancy, sadness, bereavement, mournfulness, poignance, woe, unhappiness

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