cause of sorrow

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The larger the number of your family, the greater your cause of sorrow, in seeing them shut up in this prison-house.
Lucy," said Maggie, with another great effort, "I pray to God continually that I may never be the cause of sorrow to you any more.
and having no son, which was a great cause of sorrow to him, seeing that with himself his dynasty would end, he had brought up several hopeful pupils.
The loss of life - apparently between 450 and 500 have been drowned - is a cause of sorrow that we cannot conceal.
And sad to be the cause of sorrow to yet another poor man.
Not only does he make a lot of seemingly unfounded generalizations and assertions about Catholics in Ireland, but he also draws a portrait, more akin to the sociology of the Winnipeg Statement, whereby the clergy is grim and marriage in Ireland was "difficult, grudging and a cause of sorrow .
In 1706, Ann Putnam publicly asked forgiveness of "all those I have given just cause of sorrow and offense.
An even more cause of sorrow is loss of something valuable, a job, a financial setback, a close friend, or a family member.