One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
With the. Tears shed for human sorrows; the sadness of life.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Lamb (1775–1834), essayist. From classical Latin lacrimae rērum (Virgil Aeneid 1. 462) from lacrimae, plural of lacrima tear + rērum, plural of rēs thing.
lacrimae rerum/ˌlakrɪmʌɪ ˈrɛːrʊm/
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