anguish sore/pain


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Mandarin / the Shanghai Dialect
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They wring their hands, their caitiff-hands
and gnash their teeth for terrour;
They cry, they roar for anguish sore,
and gnaw their tongues for horrour.
But get away without delay,
Christ pitties not your cry:
Depart to Hell, there may you yell,
and roar Eternally.

From The Day of Doom by Michael Wigglesworth. The whole poem can be read here. The Day of Doom by Michael Wigglesworth 1662

Context: The Day of Doom: or, A Poetical Description of the Great and Last Judgment" describes the Day of Judgment, on which a vengeful God judges and sentences all men, going into detail as to the various categories of people who think themselves excusable who will nonetheless end up in Hell.

Why is the writer using “sore” (anguish sore)? Is there supposed to be pain in the hell?
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    And 'sore' earlier meant more generally "severe, great" for negative things, often as an adverb: one could be 'sore afraid'.
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