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This whale is not dead; he is only dispirited; out of sorts, perhaps; hypochondriac; and so supine, that the hinges of his jaw have relaxed, leaving him there in that ungainly sort of plight, a reproach to all his tribe, who must, no doubt, imprecate lock-jaws upon him.
But now there is scarcely a tongue in all New England that does not imprecate curses on his name.
How often did I imprecate curses on the cause of my being!
--Curses always recoil on the head of him who imprecates them.--If you put a chain around the neck of a slave, the other end fastens itself around your own.--Bad counsel confounds the adviser.
Some of our neighbours, when experiencing illness, difficulty or sorrow, begin to imprecate; the pain and suffering are still felt, but they do not receive the reward for patience.
Perche voi che urlate, che imprecate, che insultate, non raccogliete i nostri fucili?
Sometimes, an imprecate causes it, sometimes one who commits a sin suffers the wrath of God by turning to stone.