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 Vale of Tears.Valens or Vala’nus. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Vale the Bonnet (To).
 
To cap to a superior; hence to strike sail, to lower (French, avaler, to take off.)   1
       
“My wealthy Andrew docked in sand,
Vailing her high-top lower than her ribs.”
       
Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice, i. 1
 


 Vale of Tears.Valens or Vala’nus. 

 
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