His eye a ring inside a ring inside a ring That leers up, joyless, vile, in meek obscenity This is the devil. Flesh to flesh, he bleats The herd back to the pit of being.
It will be a great day for America, incidentally, when we begin to eat bread again, instead of the blasphemous and tasteless foam rubber that we have substituted for it. And I am not being frivolous here, either. Something very sinister happens to the people of a country when they begin to distrust their own reactions as deeply as they do here, and become as joyless as they have become.james baldwin
The Redbreast, sacred to the household gods, Wisely regardful of the embroiling sky, In joyless fields and thorny thickets leaves His shivering mates, and pays to trusted Man His annual visit.james thomson
The connotation of the Sanskrit word for a hell, Naraka, is a joyless.