A Countenance more in sorrow than in anger
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A Countenance more in sorrow than in anger : Phrases
Literal meaning - a person or thing that is viewed more with sadness than with anger.
From Shakespeare's Hamlet, 1603. Horatio describes to Hamlet the appearance of his father's ghost:
Hamlet: What, look'd he frowningly?
Horatio: A countenance more in sorrow than in anger.