hearken to

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hearken to someone or something

Formal or stilted to listen to someone or something; to pay attention to someone or something. Please hearken to me. I speak the truth. Hearken to the call of the nightingale.
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The noise lasted for several minutes, during which, that I might hearken to it with the more satisfaction, I ceased my labours and sat down upon the bones.
Dans le bon vieux temps," said the vicomtesse, examining me through her spectacles, and addressing Georges, who stood, hat in hand, to hearken to her wisdom; "dans le bon vieux temps, mon ami, the ladies of the chateau did not want for these things.
Hearken to me, friends, nor heed that accursed rhapsodist.
Nay, the cunning slut pretended to hearken to me, and to despise all wantonness of the flesh; and yet at last broke out at a window two pair of stairs: for I began, indeed, a little to suspect her, and had locked her up carefully, intending the very next morning to have married her up to my liking.
Let me tell you an allegory, dearest, and do you hearken to it.
At sea, excitement won't abound, Becalmed, in windless lull, But now, each crew again is found To hearken to the slow surfs sound, The sharp call of the gull.
When I hearken to the first and greatest commandment, when I remember Yahweh, when I hear Jesus I know who I am.
With its soaring spire, 40 Wall stands distinctly among the handful of pyramidal-topped towers in Lower Manhattan that hearken to the district's 20th Century heyday as the city's premiere commercial office district.
innocent of measure but will hearken to how one story becomes another