dirge


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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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Mendicants were of course assembled by the score, together with strolling soldiers returned from Palestine, (according to their own account at least,) pedlars were displaying their wares, travelling mechanics were enquiring after employment, and wandering palmers, hedge-priests, Saxon minstrels, and Welsh bards, were muttering prayers, and extracting mistuned dirges from their harps, crowds, and rotes.
At its center is a dirge for the Israel of secular Labor and idealism.
It means we are now officially atheist and thus have the right to demand we change the dirge that is our national anthem to one we can all sing - on the grounds that the majority of us clearly believe the notion of God saving our Queen is fanciful garbage.
Upon arriving home they discover it has been ransacked by a sinister secret society known as the Dirge who leave a threatening message on the wall still being written by a black feather quill.
The e300 unit's standard class carriage from the Waterloo station days is a blocky dirge of browns and oranges.
Music fans face a fresh warbling love dirge from TAYLOR SWIFT, 26, after the pop icon splits from CALVIN HARRIS, 32, because he reportedly wouldn't propose.
Dirge traces back to the Latin word dirigere, meaning "to direct.
Bill, from Glasgow's Govan, said: "When they do that dirge Flower of Scotland at Murrayfield, they should be singing Shang-a-Lang.
Contrast this with our own awful dirge of an anthem which makes no mention of our country, its people or our values but instead merely sings the praises of one person - an unelected monarch.
This, in addition to having far superior words and tune to Roy Williamson's kailyard dirge, has the advantage of being long out of copyright
His chat was sharp, educational and funny as he demonstrated why the Chariots of Fire theme is "fascist" and Happy Birthday works best as a depressing dirge.
This powerful bracelet leads her to Callum - a Dirge, a ghostly figure who is locked in a halflife/half-death existence in St Paul's Cathedral with fellow tortured souls.