Woe is an intense and contemplative form of sadness or mental suffering, often brought on by regret for one's actions or fortunes.
- At the bosom of the heaven,
The woe keeps on spinning the wheel.
The Milestone accompanies for hours,
But the journey doesn’t end anywhere.
The night is ready to meet the dawn,
But my distance is not yet over.
My children’s misfortunes
Have stained my clothes,
And the aloneness continues to lick my blood.
The straws I gather from the ridge of the suburb,
The Sun transforms them into the woes.
It’s the eyes, that caused my dreams to burn,
I remain under the sneaky watch of my own coffin.
- Sara Shagufta, The Milestone Accompanies for Hours, Aankhein, translated from the original Urdu by Arshi Yaseen in Three Poems by Sara Shagufta Translated from Urdu, November 2, 2018, Columbia University School of the Arts.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 886.
- An Iliad of woes.
- Demosthenes, 387. 12. Diodorus Siculus. Used in Thomas De Quincey, Confessions of an Opium Eater, Part II.
- 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 to woe.
- Homer, The Iliad, Book XVI, line 139. Pope's translation.
- Long exercised in woes.
- Homer, The Odyssey, Book I, line 2. Pope's translation.
- Woe unto you,… for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin.
- Matthew, XXIII, 23.
- 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, referencing Homer, The Odyssey, Book XVIII, 269.
- I was not always a man of woe.
- Walter Scott, The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805), Canto II, Stanza 12.
- O, woe is me, T'have seen what I have seen, see what I see!
- Ophelia, William Shakespeare, HamletAct III scene 1, line 182
- One woe doth tread upon another's heel
So fast they follow.
- William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1600–02), Act IV, scene 7, line 165.
- All these woes shall serve
For sweet discourses in our time to come.
- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (1597), Act III, scene 5, line 52.
- Woes, cluster; rare are solitary woes;
They love a train, they tread each other's heel.
- Edward Young, Night Thoughts (1742-1745), Night III, line 63.