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    Hark from the tomb


    While reading 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn', I've come across the following sentence:
    'Then Susan she waltzed in; and if you’ll believe me, she did give Hare-lip hark from the tomb!'.

    What does the 'hark from the tomb' expression stand for?

    Thanks a lot :)

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    Re: Hark from the tomb

    I haven't heard the expression before, but from context and the few other examples I can find on the web (two more of which come from Mark Twain, who apparently was fond of this expression) it means to scold vigorously.

    The phrase comes from an 18th-century hymn by Isaac Watts with a grim message indeed:

    Hark! from the tombs a mournful sound;
    My ears, attend the cry;
    "Ye living men, come view the ground
    Where you must shortly lie."

    [not a teacher]


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