yearn / yûrn
1. to long for, to strongly desire
In all ranks of life the human heart yearns for the beautiful; and the beautiful things that God makes are his gift to all alike.
Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1811 – 1896
2. to be affected by emotionally; to feel affection or sorrow
The heart of the whole country yearns toward the beleaguered city with intense solicitude, yet with hopes amounting to confidence.
Abraham Lincoln, 1809 – 1865, Telegram to the Secretary of the Navy, April 9, 1863