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(this) vale of tears

Fig. the earth; mortal life on earth. (A vale is a literary word for valley.) When it comes time for me to leave this vale of tears, I hope I can leave some worthwhile memories behind. Uncle Fred left this vale of tears early this morning.
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vale of tears

the world regarded as a scene of trouble or sorrow. literary
This phrase dates from the mid 16th century; earlier variants included vale of trouble , vale of weeping , and vale of woe .
1997 Shetland Times Then by God's grace we'll meet again, Beyond this vale of tears.
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the vale of years

the declining years of a person's life; old age.
This expression comes from Shakespeare 's Othello: ‘for I am declin'd into the vale of yeares’.
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