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Wailing

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Wáiling. n.s. [from wail.] Lamentation; moan; audible sorrow.

The camp filled with lamentation and mourning, which would be increased by the weeping and wailing of them, which should never see their brethren. Knolles.

Other cries amongst the Irish, favour of the Scythian barbarism; as the lamentations of their burials, with despairful outcries, and immoderate wailings. Spenser's Ireland.

Take up wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears. Jer. ix. 18.

The wailings of a maiden I recite. Gay.

Sources: Gay, John (51) · The Bible - Jeremiah (13) · Knolles, Richard (44) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

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