Usage examples for travail

  1. In travail man is born; His birth too oft the cause of death, And with his earliest breath He pain and torment feels: e'en from the first, His parents fondly strive To comfort him in his distress; And if he lives and grows, They struggle hard, as best they may, With pleasant words and deeds to cheer him up, And seek with kindly care, To strengthen him his cruel lot to bear. – The Poems of Giacomo Leopardi by Giacomo Leopardi
  2. Likewise, under the " natural" laws of economics, new enterprises are not born without travail, without the aid of legal physicians well versed in financial obstetrics. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  3. I beg your pardon, worthy Aga, he added aloud, just at present it is quite impossible for me to carry out this wish, as my wife is in travail, and any moment may decide her life or death. – The Golden Age in Transylvania by Mór Jókai
  4. All was at peace in the outer circle, but at the centre was travail and storm and outrage and death. – The Judgment House by Gilbert Parker
  5. When will the tranquil heart forget earthly travail wholly and for always? – The Created Legend by Feodor Sologub
  6. These of my long acquaintance belonged to my country's Executive, acute, alert, with the marks of travail on them. – The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeanette Duncan
  7. That you can waste all the pain and travail of your myriad mothers with impunity? – Comrade Yetta by Albert Edwards
  8. The mountain mother is in travail with it. – The Story of a Mine by Bret Harte
  9. Another prayer is good " for pestilence" when spoken " before the image of St. Ann;" another prayer to St. Margaret profits " every woman in travail;" still another preserves him who says it from " a sudden death." – Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church by Friedrich Bente
  10. She groans Day and night with travail of their strenuous bones. – Poems New and Old by John Freeman
  11. The tradesmen and labourers of England live by the travail of their hands, and the nobles live on their own rents and revenues, and if the kings vex them they are repaid; not that the king can tax his people at pleasure, no! – Chaucer and His England by G. G. Coulton
  12. Little enough, in all conscience; a bubble in the tide of travail; but it is only in little that these delightful flukes come off, and the bubble was soon enough to burst. – Notes of a Camp-Follower on the Western Front by E. W. Hornung
  13. And all those to whom any land falls by inheritance are in no better condition, for if they die without any male issue, all their lands fall into the hands of the Emperor; as, moreover, if there be any rich man amongst them, who in his own person is unfit for the wars, and yet hath such wealth, that thereby many noblemen and warriors might be maintained, if any of the courtries present his name to the Emperor, the unhappy man is by- and- by sent for, and in that instant deprived of all his riches, which with great pains and travail all his lifetime he had gotten together, except perhaps some small portion thereof be left him to maintain his wife, children, and family. – The Discovery of Muscovy etc. by Richard Hakluyt
  14. It is sawed away from the trunk with much travail, and is seasoned well, and from it is fashioned a great head, into which is set a hickory handle, and the thing will crush a rock if need be. – A Man and a Woman by Stanley Waterloo
  15. So, behind these few outward events of Ruysbroeck’ s adolescence, we must discern another growth; a perpetual interior travail, a perpetual slow character- building always going forward in him, as his whole personality is moulded into that conformity to the vision seen which prepares the way of union, and marks off the mystical saint from the mere adept of transcendental things. – Ruysbroeck by Evelyn Underhill
  16. Near thereby he struck dead brawny Cisseus and vast Gyas, whose clubs were mowing down whole files: naught availed them the arms of Hercules and their strength of hand, nor Melampus their father, ever of Alcides' company while earth yielded him sore travail. – The Aeneid of Virgil by Virgil
  17. He recalled Maslennikoff's indifference when he told him about what was being done in the prison, the inspector's severity, the cruelty of the convoy officer when he refused places on the carts to those who asked for them, and paid no attention to the fact that there was a woman in travail in the train. – Resurrection by Maude, Louise Shanks