Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


Woe unto you when all men speak well of you.
St. Luke, Chap. vi. Ver. 26.

Gayer insects fluttering by
Ne’er droop the wing o’er those that die,
And lovelier things have mercy shown
To every failing but their own,
And every woe a tear can claim,
Except an erring sister’s shame.
Byron.—The Giaour, Line 418.

The graceful tear that streams for others’ woes.
Akenside.—Pleasures of Imagination, Book I. Line 6.

He scorned his own, who felt another’s woe.
Campbell.—Gertrude of Wyoming, Part I. Verse 24.

Yet, taught by time, my heart has learn’d to glow
For others’ good, and melt at others’ woe.
Pope.—The Odyssey, Book XVIII. Line 269.

[This idea is from the Greek of Euripides, Dr. Ramage, 48.]

What sorrow was, thou bad’st her know,
And from her own, she learn’d to melt at others’ woe.
Gray.—Hymn to Adversity.

He was no sculptured form of woe.
Hemans.—Tale of the Fourteenth Century.

The tame spectator of another’s woe.
Hoole’s Metastatio.—Demophoon, Act I. Scene 1.

Woes cluster; rare are solitary woes;
They love a train, they tread each other’s heel.
Dr. Young.—Night III. Line 63.

An Iliad of woes.
Greek Proverb.—Riley’s Class. Dict. 538.

It becomes one, while exempt from woes, to look to the dangers.
Sophocles.—See the play of Philoctetes in Buckley’s Transl. 303.