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In weal and woe

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • In weal and woe in prosperity and adversity
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. (interj.) ; Ger. weh; L. , Gr. ouai. Cf. Wail.

Usage

In literature:

MY lord, Sir Launcelot, said Sir Bors, by mine advice ye shall take the woe with the weal, and take it in patience, and thank God of it.
"Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume II (of II)" by Thomas Malory
Let that only prevail; and ye shall be blest in weal or woe.
"The Perfect Wagnerite" by George Bernard Shaw
Come hither the instant, man, and share your wife's fortunes in weal or woe.
"The Pathfinder" by James Fenimore Cooper
Earth is the scene of the battle between light and darkness, in which each man must play his part, for weal or for woe.
"The Right and Wrong Uses of the Bible" by R. Heber Newton
No, here was a friend indeed (teste Byron), who would be ever by my side in weal and woe.
"Jethou" by E. R. Suffling
His mind was dazed, but he felt sure that, for weal or for woe, he and this girl would be associated in the future.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
And in their hearts it dwelt for evermore, never leaving them through weal or woe.
"Cornwall's Wonderland" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
They come together, and rub their feathers like birds, and fancy that each has found in the other an eternity of weal or woe.
"Lady Anna" by Anthony Trollope
He had long been unaccustomed to take the weal and woe of others into consideration in his calculations.
"Partners" by E. Werner
The two stood by each other in plenty and in need, through weal and through woe.
"Top of the World Stories for Boys and Girls" by Emilie Poulsson
Three lives, all trembling in the balance of weal and woe.
"To Leeward" by F. Marion Crawford
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In poetry:

And let thy breast with kindness glow,
And gentle thoughts within thee move,
While yet a heart, through weal and woe,
Beats to thine own in faithful love.
"The Duration Of Love" by Hermann Ferdinand Freiligrath
Whatever moulds of various brain
E'er shaped the world to weal or woe,
Whatever empires' wax and wane
To him that hath not eyes in vain,
Our village-microcosm can show.
"An Invitation" by James Russell Lowell
In Cairo's mission-home the Prince had found
The precious gem he on his bosom wore:
His own in life, in death, in weal and woe—
To sparkle, love, and bless him evermore.
"Duleep Singh" by Janet Hamilton
The Baron has been with King Robert his liege,
These three long years in battle and siege;
News are there none of his weal or his woe,
And fain the Lady his fate would know.
"St. Swithin's Chair" by Sir Walter Scott
Be still, fond man: nor ask thy fate to know.
Face bravely what each God-sent moment brings.
Above thee rules in love, through weal and woe,
Guiding thy kings and thee, the King of kings.
"On The Death of Leopold: King of The Belgians" by Charles Kingsley
God lives in me, in all I feel
Of love and hate, of joy and pain,
Of grace and greed, or woe and weal,
Of fear and cheer, of loss and gain:
For good or evil I am He,
Yea, saint or devil, One are we.
"God's Battleground" by Robert W Service