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slough of despond

A state of severe depression. The phrase originated in John Bunyan's 17th-century novel A Pilgrim's Progress. I started going to therapy once I felt myself slipping into the slough of despond.
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But timing is everything, as in life as in souffles, and the reason for my despond (which word sums it up perfectly) is that this morning I woke up from a nightmare.
We can only be rescued from the slough of despond by returning to the oracular pronouncements of the original document.
In 1890, for instance, the Cardiff Argus declared: "No place more closely resembled Bunyan's Slough of Despond than Cadoxton and Barry.
Memorable original illustrations faithfully depict the picturesque word pictures describing the familiar Wicket Gate, the Slough of Despond, Vanity Fair, the land of Beulah, and many other places Christian passes through along the way.
Judging by the considerable attention given to these books in media patronized by the chattering classes, it seems that jeremiads have a certain appeal amidst our current slough of despond.
DubaiAAEs slough of property despond enters its fourth year and Abu Dhabi has placed large sections its 21st Century redevelopment plan on hold, housing sales
But when reality is a bare white room and the long despond of winter, sense says plant the dream.
Three weeks ago, I said the Olympics couldn't come soon enough as the economy was in the very slough of despond.
LUPIN: Look at my works "A pair of Stilts to get us removed thro' the slough of Despond," (44) "A pair of Skates to enable us sinners to slide down the winter of Life," "A needle and thread to stitch up a Backsliders rents"
Godfrey's private Slough of Despond recalls the collective image of a weaver as "a figure bent under a heavy bag", a "mysterious burden", on the first page of the novel, which makes the "alien-looking men" look like the devil's disciples to the villagers but like Christian to the reader.
For example, after falling in the Slough of Despond, Pliable returns to the comforts of the City of Destruction, but Christian "endeavor[s] to struggle" toward the Wicket Gate and accepts the assistance of Help (15).
God alone knows the day and the hour when that will at length be, which he is ever threatening; meanwhile, thus much comfort do we gain from what has been hitherto--not to despond, not to be dismayed, not to be anxious at the trouble which encompass us.
Briscoe, editor of "Vitalizing Music History Teaching" contributed an interesting article on teaching strategies titled " Avoiding the Slough of Despond, or, Teaching by Touchstone.
Matlock confides that he began his book in the slough of despond, but now "a new day is dawning" buoying him with "encouragement and hope.
It was in that slough of despond, from 1978 to '81, that I experienced my adult conversion that turned me into that rarest of birds: a born-again Episcopalian who, because he actually believed the creed, attended an orthodox Anglican parish and devoured the works of C.