It was a solemn oath of trust that can't be broken.
There was a solemn procession of the choir to the crossing.
Do not let us be too solemn on the business.
His solemn gaze roved over her face.
After three years in simple vows, the young nun may ask to take solemn vows which bind her for life.
He made a solemn vow to start tomorrow.
There is a mystery - a very solemn mystery.
They are memorable occasions with first-rate speakers, properly run but not solemn.
A busload of QPR fans passed us looking so solemn, you'd have thought they were on their way to a funeral.
Solemn stillness followed.
Does the word "rite" seem too solemn?
The creatures did not look pleasant or friendly, to be sure, and the shaggy man's donkey face became solemn, indeed.
He felt shame about the rather solemn setting of "Salve Regina" that now ends vespers.
She sometimes sounds solemn in the wrong places while overdoing the madness in an all too hysterical voice.
The deal was closed with a solemn affirmation, instead of an oath.
TJ, when things are so solemn as these tapestries are, they do get a bit surreal don't they?
There is comedy too, to alleviate the weight of supposedly solemn realism.
The graveyard was know to stand solemn, silent, dignified yet cool and gloomy on top of a solitary hill.
He made a solemn pledge to keep the promises Tony Blair has broken over the last four years.
He had been unusually quiet and solemn lately.
The bodies of Burke and Wills were recovered and brought to Melbourne for a solemn public funeral, and a noble monument has been erected to their honour.
On their faces was a quiet and solemn look.
No wonder he had been so solemn lately.
They stopped dancing and he gazed down at her with a solemn expression.
My heart, too, was full of gratitude and solemn joy.
His solemn gaze swung back to her.
The solemn moment was broken with a snicker that went around the room.
Bordeaux took her hand in his and she gazed up into his solemn features.
Aside from his solemn expression, there was nothing in the way he acted with the children that might indicate anything was wrong between them.
It was a solemn affair and they spent most of the afternoon talking to people she had never met.
We were sitting together in a hammock which swung from two solemn pines at a short distance from the house.
He lifted her chin with a curled index finger and forced her to meet his solemn gaze.
She met his solemn gaze.
But the most important offering was the solemn oblation in the assembly on the Lord's day.
"Ozheg-zheg, Ozheg-zheg..." hissed the saber against the whetstone, and suddenly Petya heard an harmonious orchestra playing some unknown, sweetly solemn hymn.
The deep set blue eyes held a smile that belied his solemn expression.
"I will the bridge fire," he said in a solemn tone as if to announce that in spite of all the unpleasantness he had to endure he would still do the right thing.
Her expression was solemn, but the eyes that regarded Lisa were full of mischief.
The altar at which these solemn rites are performed consists of a triple circular marble terrace, 210 ft.
The exemption of regular religious orders may be extended to religious societies without solemn vows by special concession of the pope, as in the case of the Passionists and Redemptorists (ib.
Each visitor performed the ceremony of greeting this old aunt whom not one of them knew, not one of them wanted to know, and not one of them cared about.
He had the air of a man happily performing one of the most solemn duties of his life.
"How quiet, peaceful, and solemn; not at all as I ran," thought Prince Andrew--"not as we ran, shouting and fighting, not at all as the gunner and the Frenchman with frightened and angry faces struggled for the mop: how differently do those clouds glide across that lofty infinite sky!
His solemn features gave no clue.
Alex nodded, his expression solemn, his dark gaze locked on hers.
At the solemn installation of the lord warden the judge as the next principal officer installs him.
Those orders which have solemn vows.
In less developed creeds the difference tends to remain in the background; but where sacrifices are found, solemn annual rites, communal, purificatory or expiatory, are celebrated, and these are held to be in like manner obligatory.
The marble urn containing the body of the poet still rests at Ravenna, where what Byron calls "a little cupola more neat than solemn" has been erected over it.
A roll, it is said, was found in the Temple, its contents struck terror into the hearts of the priests and king, and it led to a solemn covenant before Yahweh to observe the provisions of the law-book which had been so opportunely recovered.
It is worn, too, on the vigils of fasts, Ember Days and days of intercession, on the Feast of Holy Innocents (if on a week-day), at litanies, penitential processions, and at other than solemn benedictions and consecrations.
The simplex is worn on Good Friday, and at masses for the dead; also at the blessing of the candles at Candlemas, the singing of the absolution at the coffin, and the solemn investiture with the pallium.
Suddenly they looked up to find the room filled with the silent, solemn-eyed Mangaboos.
The solemn nothings that fill our everyday life blossom suddenly into bright possibilities.
Sometimes she gets started on a very solemn preachment.
This is like the effect of the slow dwelling on long words, not quite well managed, that one notices in a child who is telling a solemn story.
The most solemn mystery in the world continued its course.
All maintained a solemn silence, listening to the words of the President, who held a mallet in his hand.
Balashev was only two horses' length from the equestrian with the bracelets, plumes, necklaces, and gold embroidery, who was galloping toward him with a theatrically solemn countenance, when Julner, the French colonel, whispered respectfully: "The King of Naples!"
On all these faces, as on the faces of the crowd Petya had seen in the Square, there was a striking contradiction: the general expectation of a solemn event, and at the same time the everyday interests in a boston card party, Peter the cook, Zinaida Dmitrievna's health, and so on.
Alpatych turned his face to Prince Andrew, looked at him, and suddenly with a solemn gesture raised his arm.
The lunatic's solemn, gloomy face was thin and yellow, with its beard growing in uneven tufts.
When he heard these words and saw the expression of firm resolution in the Emperor's eyes, Michaud--quoique etranger, russe de coeur et d'ame-- at that solemn moment felt himself enraptured by all that he had heard (as he used afterwards to say), and gave expression to his own feelings and those of the Russian people whose representative he considered himself to be, in the following words:
"You remember," said Sonya with a solemn and frightened expression.
Each instrument--now resembling a violin and now a horn, but better and clearer than violin or horn--played its own part, and before it had finished the melody merged with another instrument that began almost the same air, and then with a third and a fourth; and they all blended into one and again became separate and again blended, now into solemn church music, now into something dazzlingly brilliant and triumphant.
With a solemn triumphal march there mingled a song, the drip from the trees, and the hissing of the saber, "Ozheg-zheg-zheg..." and again the horses jostled one another and neighed, not disturbing the choir but joining in it.
The small group that assembled before dinner in the lofty old-fashioned drawing room with its old furniture resembled the solemn gathering of a court of justice.
And now a picture of a solemn meeting of the lodge presented itself to his mind.
If he had a strong passion, it was to provide for his succession to the throne of France, if his nephew, Louis XV., should die, and he indulged in many intrigues against the house of Orleans, whose right to the succession was supposed to be secured by Philip's solemn renunciation of all claim to the French throne, when he became king of Spain.
Though they were all going with him, Anatole evidently wished to make something touching and solemn out of this address to his comrades.
The countess shook her head disapprovingly and angrily at every solemn expression in the manifesto.
From the left, over fields and bushes, those large balls of smoke were continually appearing followed by their solemn reports, while nearer still, in the hollows and woods, there burst from the muskets small cloudlets that had no time to become balls, but had their little echoes in just the same way.
He liked to talk and he talked well, adorning his speech with terms of endearment and with folk sayings which Pierre thought he invented himself, but the chief charm of his talk lay in the fact that the commonest events--sometimes just such as Pierre had witnessed without taking notice of them--assumed in Karataev's a character of solemn fitness.
He closed his eyes, and, from all sides as if from a distance, sounds fluttered, grew into harmonies, separated, blended, and again all mingled into the same sweet and solemn hymn.
Alex was gone four days and was as solemn on his return as he was when he left.
She couldn't help but think the barracks and all their activity and life were far more appealing than the solemn, stately apartment that was hers.
He swung around, his solemn gaze searching her face.
Ostensibly a solemn revenge for the burning of Greek temples by Xerxes, it has been justified as a symbolical act calculated to impress usefully the imagination of the East, and condemned as a senseless and vainglorious work of destruction.
In July 1872 King Victor Emmanuel made hi~ solemn entry into Rome, which was then declared the capita of Italy.
Solemn hymns chanted by the Udgatris.
C. 1090), who says that his account of the solemn translation to Canterbury in 1023 was received from the dean, Godric, one of Alphege's own scholars.
He presented a draft of the famous " Solemn League and Covenant," which was received with great enthusiasm.
In Germany it was the solemn national diet of Mainz (Easter 1188) which "swore the expedition" to the Holy Land; in France and England the agreement of the two kings decided upon a joint Crusade.
"But, Prince," said Anna Mikhaylovna, "after such a solemn sacrament, allow him a moment's peace!
A solemn meeting of the lodge of the second degree was convened, at which Pierre promised to communicate to the Petersburg Brothers what he had to deliver to them from the highest leaders of their order.
A pleasant feeling of excitement and an expectation of something joyful and solemn was aroused among the soldiers of the convoy and the prisoners.
She gazed up at the solemn façade of the manor before jogging up the walkway to the front door.
His expression was solemn as he studied her face.
The " Solemn League and Covenant," which pledged both countries to the extirpation of prelacy, leaving further decision as to church government to be decided by the " example of the best reformed churches," after undergoing some slight alterations, passed the two Houses of Parliament and the Westminster Assembly, and thus became law for the two kingdoms. By means of it Henderson has had considerable influence on the history of Great Britain.
But in nothing in the house was the holiday so noticeable as in Marya Dmitrievna's broad, stern face, which on that day wore an invariable look of solemn festivity.
His solemn gaze met hers.
Gerald was solemn and respectful as he worked.
The international Conference which met at Constantinople towards the end of 1876 was, indeed, startled by the salvo of guns heralding the promulgation of a constitution, but the demands of the Conference were rejected, in spite of the solemn warnings addressed to the sultan by the Powers; Midhat Pasha, the author of the constitution, was exiled; and soon afterwards his work was suspended, though figuring to this day on the Statute-Book.
But he entered into no diplomatic compromises; it was his deepest and most solemn conviction that the sacredoracles of Christendom embraced all the ideals of antiquity.
All that over with, he was solemn now.
Jonathan was solemn and, for the most part, silent.
His solemn expression made a chill go up her spine.
On the 7th of November Garibaldi accompanied Victor Emmanuel during his solemn entry into Naples, and on the morrow returned to Caprera, after disbanding his volunteers and recommending their enrolment in the regular army.
His solemn gaze searched hers for a moment before he spoke.
It was a solemn feast attended only by members of one clan, at which those who had quarrelled were at the sacrament of the table (apud sacra mensae) reconciled.
And Cade had become more solemn in the last few weeks, as if he sensed her dilemma and felt uncomfortable as well.