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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Re-enter the FRIARS, with bell, book, and candle, for the Dirge.
CURSED BE HE THAT DISTURBETH OUR HOLY DIRGE! maledicat Dominus!
Miss Mills was conversational for a few minutes, and then, laying down her pen upon 'Affection's Dirge', got up, and left the room.
Is it but the mermaids singing deep below the waving waters; or sad spirits, chanting dirges for white corpses, held by seaweed?" Harris would take you by the arm, and say:
It was a moment of great peril; for,--despite the traditionary awe that had gathered over this instrument of music, and the dirges which spiritual fingers were said to play on it,--the devoted sister had solemn thoughts of thrumming on its chords for Clifford's benefit, and accompanying the performance with her voice.
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.* One sent forth the praises
I don't think so, for the simple reason that not even the blazers who run soccer in Ulster could come up with a song so appallingly bland as the shocking dirge Phil Coulter managed for Irish rugby.
But ever since Scots sporting teams adopted the old Corries dirge about sending ''proud Edward's army homewards to think again'', Scotland has wallowed in Bannockburn and all that.
What can't be seen here is the sound that goes with this picture, which was broadcast on American TV: the soldiers are being made to chant a funeral dirge for Bosnia's enlightened multiethnicity.
Often diffuse and sentimental, she is at her best in her shorter pieces, notably "The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers," "Dirge," and the well-known "Casabianca" ("The boy stood on the burning deck.
three rousing arias to get the crowds around followed by a real dirge to make them dig into their pockets and move away to let a new lot come in.
Fox can't do worse than last year's British entry Jemini who scored "nul points" for their dire dirge Cry Baby.