woe to

woe to (someone)

1. Used to express the wish for someone to experience misfortune.
2. Used as a warning or allusion to negative consequences: "Our sun will be a red giant, and woe to any earthlings who may be around to witness its bloated blush, for the planet on which they stand will likely be vaporized in the expansion" (Natalie Angier).
See also: woe
References in classic literature ?
This, shipmates, this is that other lesson; and woe to that pilot of the living God who slights it.
Woe to him who would not be true, even though to be false were salvation
for it must needs be that offenses come; but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.
Since thou dost in thy cruelty desire The ruthless rigour of thy tyranny From tongue to tongue, from land to land proclaimed, The very Hell will I constrain to lend This stricken breast of mine deep notes of woe To serve my need of fitting utterance.
The great commentator Rashi has a wonderful way of expressing the contamination which we all experience from bad influences in our lives: "Woe to the wicked, woe to his neighbour.