plaintful


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plaintful

(ˈpleɪntfʊl)
adj
archaic complaining or lamenting
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A Transaction, or an Account of the Entire Life of an Orphan Girl by Way of Plaintful Threnodies in the Year 1685.
From off a hill whose concave womb reworded A plaintful story from a sist'ring vale, My spirits t' attend this double voice accorded, And down I laid to list the sad-tuned tale; Ere long espied a fickle maid full pale, Tearing of papers, breaking rings a-twain, Storming her world with sorrow's wind and rain.
In both poems "the single epithet in the first line is followed and as it were reduplicated by the pair of epithets in the second; in both the middle epithet of the group of three, trustless, plaintful, has the same sort of preciousness in its quality.