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dirge

1. a chant of lamentation for the dead
2. the funeral service in its solemn or sung forms
3. any mourning song or melody
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This evening,' said the thin young man, resuming his dirge, 'I was sweating my brain to try to think of somebody I could hunt up in this ghastly, deserted city.
Hollis, stripped to the waist, lay stretched out on the lockers, with closed eyes and motionless like a despoiled corpse; at his head Jackson twanged the guitar, and gasped out in sighs a mournful dirge about hopeless love and eyes like stars.
And so busy had he been all night, piling and piling weights upon weights of earth above John Harmon's grave, that by that time John Harmon lay buried under a whole Alpine range; and still the Sexton Rokesmith accumulated mountains over him, lightening his labour with the dirge, 'Cover him, crush him, keep him down
The days of chivalry are not gone, notwithstanding Burke's grand dirge over them; they live still in that far-off worship paid by many a youth and man to the woman of whom he never dreams that he shall touch so much as her little finger or the hem of her robe.
Adele is a half-decent singer but her songs are pretty much all dirges about breaking up with her blokes.
ACCRA, Ghana -- Mourners sang funeral dirges and traditional leaders poured libations Wednesday for beloved poet Kofi Awoonor as hundreds gathered at the airport where his body was brought home days after he was slain in the Kenya mall terror attack.
Funeral dirges are on the way out and they are being replaced by fun and good memories.
Back in the day in rural China, it was customary to hire a band and play dirges in remembrance of the deceased.
It's a dangerous path and a process that terrifies Alex - one mistake and it could mean the end for her ghostly love and his fellow Dirges.
This entertaining novel begins well, and while the budding romance between Alex and Callum rather drags on, there is some clever plotting to do with the Dirges and their mysterious gloomy existence, while an epilogue makes it clear that Catherine's schemes are not yet defeated.
Jeeves and Wooster seems a lifetime ago as the actor now famed for American medical series House gets stuck into New Orleans standards and lost blues classics from funereal dirges to deep blues to boogie woogie piano.
Long dirges fuelled by reverb-soaked guitar were the norm.