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    Rays of Woe

    Hello people,
    I would like to ask :
    I want to know what's the meaning of "Rays of Woe "
    Please comment what you are thinking of that idiom

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    Re: Hello ! Idiom

    Welcome to the forum, SGeo.

    Please tell us where you read that phrase. It looks like a book title. What is it about and who wrote it?


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    Re: Hello ! Idiom

    For come Diseases on, and Penury's rage,
    Labour, and Pain, and Grief, and joyless Age,
    And Conscience dogging close his bleeding way
    Cries out, and leads her Spectres to their prey,
    'Till, Hope-deserted, long in vain his breath
    Implores the dreadful untried sleep of Death.
    --Mid savage rocks, and seas of snow that shine
    Between interminable tracts of pine,
    Round a lone fane the human Genii mourn,
    Where fierce the rays of woe collected burn.
    --From viewless lamps a ghastly dimness falls,
    Dim dreadful faces thro' the gloom appear,
    Abortive Joy, and Hope that works in fear;
    While strives a secret Power to hush the croud,
    Pain's wild rebellious burst proclaims her rights aloud.

    Descriptive Sketches. In Verse. Taken During a Pedestrian Tour in the Italian, Grison, Swiss, and Savoyard Alps.
    William Wordsworth, 1793

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