from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Full of or causing sighs; mournful.
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It touched me deeply to note with what painful care she set herself to correct the grammatical errors and roughness of her speech; often she would fall to a sighful despondency because of her ignorance and at such times it was, I think, that I loved her best, vowing I would not change her for any proud lady that was or ever had been; whereof ensued such conversations as the following:
Nay, puff not, sighful Pertinax, but for thy comforting mark this -- she hath viewed and heeded thy outward man narrowly -- so shall she not forget thee soon; she with woman's eye hath marked the great heart of thee through sorry habit and rusty mail, and found therein the love thy harsh tongue might not utter; and thus, methinks, she hath thee in mind -- aye, even now, mayhap.
The music was faint and sweet, with the sighful quality of an Æolian harp.
She stood and looked at it all, at one thing and the other, half dazzled with the beauty; until she recollected herself, and with a deep sighful expression of thoughts and wishes unknown, turned away to find her path again.