BE - Punctuation after "Alas"

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When we want to express grief, we use the exclamation "Alas". What punctuation is used in modern BE? A comma or a semicolon?
Alas, his father has died.
  • Nickle Sydney

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    Did you read my post #5?
    I believe Roymalika is looking for some exclamations (not proper words) that'd express grief and sadness.
    The only thing that pops up in my mind (if I understand the question correctly, of course) is "oh".

    My assumption is based on post #6. Those are exclamations, not proper words.


    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    I think an exclamation mark is a possibility. I'm thinking of the first line of the Isaac Watts hymn and can see:

    Alas! and did my Savior bleed (Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed > Lyrics | Isaac Watts)
    Alas! and did my Saviour bleed (Alas and Did my Saviour Bleed - Music Ministry)
    Alas, and did my Saviour bleed, (Lyrics for Hymn #235, 'Alas, and did my Saviour bleed')

    But I'd probably use a capital letter after an exclamation mark.

    I think it is still possible to use alas in a restricted, slightly mannered way in today's English.
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