woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.
Theodore Roethke wrote, “I have myself an inner weight of woe/ That God himself can scarcely bear.”
There's UP and US, and UT—an old name for the first (and last) tone, do, and WE (the funnest pronoun) and WO, which is woe.
If Gaddafi retains power in Libya, then woe betide those who have fought his rule.
woe unto thee good people of North Carolina for the Muslims are coming to impose Islamic law.
woe to the hearts that heard, unmoved,The mother's anguish'd shriek!
Or was it not in that hour—that solemn commune—soothed from its woe?
And his mouth was drawn down into Jeremiah lines of woe that are indescribable.
In the woe or weal of a whole life, we must decide for ourselves.
But woe to him who doesn't know how to wear his mask, be he king or Pope!
Old English wa, a common exclamation of lament in many languages (cf. Latin væ, Greek oa, German weh, Lettish wai, Old Irish fe, Welsh gwae, Armenian vay). The noun is attested from late 12c., from the interjection.