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Didst thou but know the inly touch of love,
A word spoken in season, at the right moment, is the mother of ages.
To wake, to weep, to entertain
To suffer worlds and worlds of pain
-J. C. H.
Grief should be the instructor of the wise; Sorrow is knowledge: they who know the most Must mourn the deepest o'er the fatal truth, The Tree of Knowledge is not that of life. -Byron. Manfred, Act I., Sc. I.
Let sorrow lend me words, and words express The manner of my pity-wanting pain -Shakspere. Sonnet, CXL.
For 'tis some ease our sorrows to reveal,
And meet us with a sigh but at the close.
The desire of the moth for the star,
There is no wisdom in useless and hopeless
-Dr. Johnson. Letter to Mrs. Thrale, 12th April, 1781.
Cast away care; he that loves sorrow Lengthens not day, nor can buy to-morrow; Money is trash; and he that will spend it, Let him drink merrily, Fortune will send it. -Ford and Dekker. The Sun's Darling.
One can never be the judge of another's grief. That which is a sorrow to one, to another is joy. Let us not dispute with any one concerning the reality of his sufferings; it is with sorrows as with countries,-each man has his own.
The longest sorrow finds at last relief. -W. Rowley. A Woman Never Vexed (Wife), Act IV., Sc. I.
Sorrow and joy, in love, alternate reign; Sweet is the bliss, distracting is the pain. -Edmund Smith. Phædra and Hippolitus (Theseus), Act. III.
Sorrow and silence are strong, and patient endurance is godlike.
-Longfellow. Evangeline, Part the Second, I
Sorrow breaks seasons, and reposing hours, Makes the night morning, and the noontide night.
Princes have but their titles for their glories,
They often feel a world of restless cares :
Sorrow conceal'd, like an oven stopp'd,
Past sorrows, let us moderately lament them; For those to come, seek wisely to prevent them. -John Webster. The Duchess of Malfi (Duchess), Act. III., Sc. II.
In much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. -Ecclesiastes, Ch. I., ver. 18.
Gnarling sorrow hath less power to bite
To show an unfelt sorrow, is an office
-Shakspere. Macbeth (Malcolm), Act. II.,
This is truth the poet * sings, That a sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering happier things.
-Tennyson. Locksley Hall.
Bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave. -Genesis, Ch. XLII., ver. 38.
Love nursed among pleasures is faithless as they, But the love born of sorrow, like sorrow is true!
-T. Moore. Irish Melodies, In the Morning of Life.
(I will instruct my sorrows to be proud;
Grief makes one hour ten.
-Shakspere. Richard II. (Bolingbroke),
Act I., Sc. III.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seamed with scars; martyrs have put on their coronation robes glittering with fire, and through their tears have the sorrowful first seen the gates of heaven.
*Dante. Inferno, Can. V., line 121.