lamentation, from the Latin doleo, to grieve.
“He [the dwarf] found the dead bodies, wherefore he made great dole” —S. Lanier: King Arthur, book i. chap. xiv.
a portion allotted, is the Anglo Saxon dál, a portion.
“Heaven has in store a precious dole.”
Happy man be his dole. May his share or lot be that of a happy or fortunate man.
Wherein, happy man be his dole, I trust that I Shall not speed worst, and that very quickly.
Damon and Pythias, i. 177.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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