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  • Puellae extra urbem in prato concurrentes, &c. maesta et melancholica domum rediit per dies aliquot vexata, dum mortua est.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • The form it took was a solemn procession of boats, headed by the doge's _maesta nave_, afterwards the Bucentaur (from 1311) out to sea by the Lido port.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3 "Brescia" to "Bulgaria"

  • The Largo con maesta is the outstanding movement of the sonata, remaining to this day one of MacDowell's most impressive creations.

    Edward MacDowell

  • Poenorum dimissa cohors. quae maesta repulsa ac minitans capto patrias properabat ad oras. prosequitur volgus, patres, ac planctibus ingens personat et luctu campus. revocare libebat interdum et iusto raptum retinere dolore.

    Post-Augustan Poetry From Seneca to Juvenal

  • Francesca (v. 790): sic fata relictis exsiluit stratis amens tormentaque nulla vult differre mora. non maesti pectora Magni sustinet amplexu dulci, non colla tenere, extremusque perit tam longi fructus amoris, praecipitantque sues luctus, neuterque recedens sustinuit dixisse 'vale', vitamque per omnem nulla fuit tarn maesta dies; nam cetera damna durata iam mente malis firmaque tulerunt.

    Post-Augustan Poetry From Seneca to Juvenal

  • But there are a few striking exceptions to the rule, notably the beautiful passage of the _Troades_, where Andromache bids her companions in misfortune cease from useless lamentation [190] (409): quid, maesta Phrygiae turba, laceratis comas miserumque tunsae pectus effuso genas fletu rigatis? levia perpessae sumus, si flenda patimur.

    Post-Augustan Poetry From Seneca to Juvenal

  • Harmoniae in cultu se Eriphyle maesta recenset, infelix nato nec fortunata marito. tota quoque aĆ«riae Minoia fabula Cretae picturarum instar tenui sub imagine uibrat.

    The Martyrdom of Cupid

  • Quod si idcirco te fortunatum esse non aestimas, quoniam quae tunc laeta uidebantur abierunt, non est quod te miserum putes, quoniam quae nunc creduntur maesta praetereunt.

    The Theological Tractates and The Consolation of Philosophy

  • "_Si, maesta_, he can lie on his back and put his paws up in the air and hum."

    The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912

  • "Quando una donna e grande, ben formata, porta ben sua persona, siede con una certa grandezza, parla con gravita, ride con modestia, e finalmente getta quasi un odor di Regina; allora noi diciamo quella donna pare una maesta, ella ha una maesta."

    Romola

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