Origin of the work:
perhaps in 1623
perhaps 1624, Prague
1910 Brno, Veškeré spisy J. A. Komenského, vol. XV.
1978 Prague, J. A. Comenii Opera omnia, vol. 3.
This tract is the first of a total of four “conversations with a grieving spirit”, in which Comenius/the Sorrowing attempts to make sense of the suffering of individuals and the nation, and to find hope and direction in a world disrupted by war. The conversational format makes it possible to ask the most burning questions, and express the most painful doubts, that tormented the majority of Czech evangelicals, and to search for answers. The first two parts of the Sorrowing were widely distributed as copies and secret printings, which shows that Comenius really did manage to raise common questions, and to find soothing answers for them. The third part of the Sorrowing was a reaction to the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, and the last to the tragic end of the colony of Czech exiles at Leszno in 1656.
For further study, see also:
Veškeré spisy J. A. Komenského, vol. XV. Brno 1910, pp95-97
J. A. Comenii Opera omnia, vol. 3. Prague 1978, pp131-136
Jan Kumpera, Jan Amos Komenský, poutník na rozhraní věků. Prague & Ostrava 1992, pp304-306