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Sometimes, by way of providing a varied entertainment, they sing a dirge.

But it was only the cold wind from the mountains whistling a dirge.

It was a dirge, which he was intoning as he bent over the cookstove.

"Neither did he," he observed, and began to whistle what sounded like a dirge.

The entrance to the room where the Bella figlia had been succeeded by a dirge, was blocked.

But my dread of that dirge kept me from accepting these invitations.

For us it may be a pæan or it may be a dirge, and only the gods know which!

He was obeyed,—he died, it is said, before the dirge was finished.

It certainly looked as if a true prophet was writing that dirge!

That sound was never out of their ears while they lived, and it was the dirge to which they died.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., dirige (current contracted form is from c.1400), from Latin dirige "direct!" imperative of dirigere "to direct," probably from antiphon Dirige, Domine, Deus meus, in conspectu tuo viam meam, "Direct, O Lord, my God, my way in thy sight," from Psalm v:9, which opened the Matins service in the Office of the Dead. Transferred sense of "any funeral song" is from c.1500.

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