There is a sacredness in tears.  They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.  They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.  They are messages of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love.   Washington Irving
Penelope weeping
Penelope Weeping Over the Bow of Odysseus 
(after Angelica Kauffman, c. 1779)
lachrymatory
Victorian Lachrymatories (tear catchers)