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Whenever a child was born to any of these -- and it was pretty often -- there was wild joy in the nation's mouth, and piteous sorrow in the nation's heart.
The song ended with a deep sigh, and again the listeners remained waiting attentively for the singer to resume; but perceiving that the music had now turned to sobs and heart-rending moans they determined to find out who the unhappy being could be whose voice was as rare as his sighs were piteous, and they had not proceeded far when on turning the corner of a rock they discovered a man of the same aspect and appearance as Sancho had described to them when he told them the story of Cardenio.
She was sobbing and crying like a child, but there was a more poignant, more piteous sound in the sobs.
Again his piteous wail touched the tender heart strings of the girl.
Henceforth no effort of mine, no piteous cry or agonized entreaty, would make them even look at me.
Then she gave a most piteous cry, and running to me, she began to pull at me with her little hands.
He paused in piteous anxiety to await his friend's reply.
The horseman gave a piteous account of the situation of this helpless pair, and solicited the loan of horses to bring them and their effects to the camp.
Monk may not have as much pride as I have; for I declare if any one had put me into a coffer with that grating over my mouth, and carried me packed up, like a calf, across the seas, I should cherish such a memory of my piteous looks in that coffer, and such an ugly animosity against him who had inclosed me in it, I should dread so greatly to see a sarcastic smile blooming upon the face of the malicious wretch, or in his attitude any grotesque imitation of my position in the box, that, Mordioux
Meanwhile the miser crept out of the bush half-naked and in a piteous plight, and began to ponder how he should take his revenge, and serve his late companion some trick.
That speechless tongue, those prisoned features, that heart so freighted with unspoken troubles, and that breast so oppressed with its piteous secret had been here.
For a long time no sound broke the deathlike stillness of the jungle midday save the piteous wailing of the tiny man-child.