14—- Torr. of Port. 1691, This Giaunt him toke, wo he be.
Ibid. 2017, Byrdus and bestis, aye woo ye be. c. 1440 Generydes 915, he toke his leue, wherewith he was full woo.
Ibid. 2371, Too se hym in that plight they wcrc full woo.
Ibid. 2578, Thanne was a noyse the Citee all along that they were slayn, and woo thei were therfore. Ibid. 3484, Of his fayling ther he was full woo. Ibid. 6652, So woo thei were thei wist not what to do.
I425~'50 Two Hist. fr. Heil I 49, Ashm. MS. wo be pet, who-so euer they be.
Seven Pen. Ps. 554, Ashm. MS. Bowe doun Jiin cere, when I am whoo.
c. 1450 Bev. of Hamt. MSS. C and M (MS. Auch. has the A constr. throughout) — 297 C wo he was.
Ibid. 541 M, Whan Iosyan it herd, she was full wao.
Ibid. 2002 M, For Arundel I am ful wo.
Ibid. 2349 M, therfore he was ful wo.
Ibid. 2911 M, He was so wo & so wode. 1481 Caxton, Reynard p. 44. he was so woo, he wist not what to doo.
c. 1489 Robyn Hood 1183, And wo be thou, thou proud sheri ff.
I am unable to say when this idiom got into disuse; so niuch is certain, that up to about 1600 it was not obsolete, since both Spenser and Shakespeare employ it.
Faerie Queene IV I 38, He was full wo, and gan his former griefe renew.
Tempest V 139, / am woe for 't, Sir.
Ant. & Cl. IV XII 133, Woe, woe are we sir. 62. At present the A construction belongs rather to the literary than to the spoken language and is only used in connection with me, as; Dickens, Christm. Car. (Tauchn.) p. 27, "It is doonied to wander through the world — oh, woe is me! — And witness what it cannot share". This seems already to