boomster - one that booms + blomster (Danish) - flowers + boom (Dutch) - tree + ster (Dutch) - star.
rombare (it) - to rumble, to roar + rimbombante (it) - booming + (the sound of the fall).
scene - to provide with scenes + is
-escu - common suffix of Rumanian surnames + Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray.
seem - seeming, semblance, appearence
arras - a rich pictoral tapestry + Arras - a town in Northern France (the site of several battles).
dumb - destitute of the faculty of speech
mum (Colloquial) - silence
muteness - the quality or condition of being mute or silent
image + mime.
kusin (Swedish) - cousin
Christansen, Adler - valet, boyfriend, betrayer of Sir Roger Casement
audible - able to be heard, perceptible to the ear + odibilis (l) - hateful, odious + edible.
os = us + os (Danish) - us + os (l) - mouth; bone.
wineless - lacking wine + wireless
ere - OE. for a sandy spit of land + air + Eire.
hudôr (gr) - water + other + odour.
eerie - fear-inspiring; gloomy, strange, weird
liss - an ancient irish fortification; release, mitigation, tranquility, peace, joy, delight + more, less.
ting (Danish) - court + Thingmote - Viking parliament in Dublin + James Joyce: A Portrait IV: 'A veiled sunlight lit up faintly the grey sheet of water where the river was embayed. In the distance along the course of the slow-flowing Liffey slender masts flecked the sky and, more distant still, the dim fabric of the city lay prone in haze. Like a scene on some vague arras, old as man's weariness, the image of the seventh city of christendom was visible to him across the timeless air, no older nor more weary nor less patient of subjection than in the days of the thingmote.'
prigged - p. of prig (to steal, pilfer, to dress up, adorn) + prigged (Slang) - stolen (from Joyce's Portrait).
jaunty - easy and sprightly in manner; having or affecting well-bred or easy sprightliness; affecting airy self-satisfaction or unconcern + Val Vousden: The Irish Jaunting Car (song).
visavis - a carriage in which persons sit face to face (PICTURE)
unsteadily - not steady in position, wavering + instead of + unsteadily.
shoulder to shoulder - with united effort, with mutual co-operation and support + Boys of the Old Brigade (song): 'steadily, shoulder to shoulder'.
jehu - a driver of a coach or cab; furious driver (Slang) + Jew, Christian.
OSLO - Capital of Norway. Founded by Harald Sigurdsson (aka Harald Haardraade) in 1048 AD as Opslo, it was renamed Christiania (Kristiania) after it was rebuilt after the great fine of 1624.
Iliad - an epic poem like that of Homer, or a poem describing martial exploits; a long series of disasters or the like
daisy - the common name of Bellis perennis, N.O. Compositæ, a familiar and favourite flower of the British Isles and Europe generally, having small flat flower-heads with yellow disk and white ray.
tussock - a dense tuft (as of grass) + buttocks.
capall (kopul) (gael) - horse
shaft - one of the long bars, between a pair of which a horse is harnessed to a vehicle
other + Howth.
tyr = tire (dress, apparel) + tyr (Danish) - bull + dry your tears.
noes - pl. of no + nose
paradigm - example, pattern + paradise.
eren (Dutch) - honour + Erin + Eden.
vindicative - revengeful, involving retribution or punishment
lo - used to call attention exp. of wonder or surprise + lo and behold - look! see!
arbor (l) - tree
petrus (l) - stone
Augustan - rel. to Augustus Caesar; hence applied to the period of highest purity and refinement of any national literature; and gen. Of the correct standard in taste, classical + Saintsbury, George (1845-1933) - his History of English Prose Rhythm has been shown by Mr Atherton to be a main source of "Oxen of the Sun." His Peace of the Augustans, Mr Hodgart says, is named at 53.15.
monolith - a single block of stone, esp. one of notable size, shaped into a pillar or monument + LDV: In words a bit duskish he aptly described the scene, the monolith rising stark from the twilit pinebarren, the fallow doe belling softly her approach and how brightly he outed his wallet and gives him a topping cheroot and says he was to suck that one and spend a half hour in Havana.
stark - strong, stout, powerful
moonlit - lighted by the moon
pinebarren - sandy or peaty soil wooded with pine trees
fortitudinous - marked by fortitude, courageous + F.E.R.T. - "Fortitudo eius Rhodum tenuit" (His [Amedeo the 6th's] value kept Rhode"), the Sardinian motto which seems to be a motto of the Savoia family. Also, "Femina Erit Ruina Tua" (woman will be thy undoing).
Ajax - one of two Greek heroes (described in the Iliad)
rowdydowdy - boisterous + rodinos (gr) - pink, rosy.
tenacity - firmness of hold or attachment; firmness of purpose, persistence, obstinacy
angelus - a devotional exercise commemorating the mystery of the Incarnation, consisting of versicles and responses, and the Angelic Salutation three times repeated, said by Roman Catholics, at morning (six a.m.), noon and sunset (six p.m.), at the sound of a bell rung for that purpose.
ditcher - a workman who digs ditches
utensils + FDV: the monolith rising stark from the twilight pinebarren, the bellwether angelus hour, the ditchers bent upon their implements, the fallow doe belling softly her milky approach as the hour was quite late and how brightly he outed his wallet and gives him a topping swank cheroot and says he was to suck that one brown boyo and spend a whole half hour in Havana.
bell - to roar, make a loud noise (esp. deer in rutting time)
fallow - yellowish brown color + fallow deer - a Eurasian deer (Cervus dama, or Dama dama) with branched palmate antlers, typically having a white-spotted reddish-brown coat in summer.
Adoremus. Flectamus genua (l) - Let us adore. Let us kneel + Good Friday Mass of the Presanctified: 'Adoremus... Flectamus genua... levate' (Latin 'Let us adore... Let us kneel... rise').
milky - like milk; gentle, mild
strike the hour - to announce (an hour) by tinging + When Midnight Is Striking the Hour (song).
Levate (l) - Rise (liturgical directions) + laetate (l) - gladden! + late.
brightly - in a bright manner, brilliantly, clearly
tribune - a judge; a protector of the rights of the people; a popular leader, a demagogue
out - to put out
sharkskin - a fabric made from shark's skin or from other materials (wool, silk, rayon)
smoke - tobacco, cigarette
Joshua - book and character of the Old Testament. Joshua was the son of Nunn and was one of the Nine Worthies.
tip - to give a 'tip' or piece of private information about + pick
un - one
topping - very fine, excellent, first-rate
swank - smart, fashinably elegant, swagger
cheroot - a cigar made in Southern India or Manilla
swellish - stylish + smallish sort.
quoit - a flat disc of stone or metal + quite
manfully - resolutely
pluc (pluk) (gael) - cheek
leicean (leken) (gael) - cheek + Leacan (lakan) (gael) - Hillside; town, Co. Sligo, where "Yellow Book of Lecan" compiled.
Lucan - Dublin environ on the Liffey. Two earls of Lucan may have interested Joyce: (1) Patrick Sarsfield, a Wild Goose, who fought under James II, died in 1693, saying, "O that this were for Ireland!"; (2) Lord Lucan, who commanded cavalry at Balaclava and is associated by Joyce with the Light Brigade.
pluggy - short and stumpy; stiff + bloody + ag plucghail tobac (eg plugil tobok) (gael) - smoking heartily.
suck - to draw (air, breath) into the mouth; to inhale (air, smoke, etc.) (obs.)
boyo - boy, lad
Havana - a cigar of a kind made at Havana or in Cuba (also applied to the tobacco of which these are made) + (notebook 1922-23): 'smoke that & spend a ½ hour in Havana'.
soror (l) - sister
krigsmænd (Danish) - warriors
sprog (Swedish) - speech + Old High German.
bester - one who gets the better of others by fraudulent means, swindler + Alphonse de Lamartine to Louis Philippe, 1830: 'Sire, vous êtes la meilleure république' (French 'Sire, you are the best republic') + bedste (Danish) - grandfather.
Eagle Tavern, Eustace Street, meeting place of the Corporation of Cooks and Vintners, Dublin.
Lorcan O'Tuathail (lurkan o'tuhil) (gael) - Lorcan (dim. of lorc, "fierce") des. of Tuathal ("people-mighty"), patron saint of Dublin; anglic. Laurence O Toole.
bannock - the name, in Scotland and north of England, of a form in which home-made bread is made + blessings + beannacht De agus Muire agus Brighid agus Phadraic (banokht d'e ogus mwiri ogus brid' ogus fadrik) (gael) - the blessing of God and Mary and Bridget and Patrick.
gort (Anglo-Irish) - enclosed field + gort (Dutch) - barley + Gort, Connacht.
MOYRA - Village, County Donegal, Ulster
BRAY - Coastal resort town ("The Irish Brighton") South-East of Dublin in County Wicklow, Leinster. Bray Head is a 793-ft hill projecting from the coast South of Bray + bri (Welsh) - head + brí (Irish) - hill + Brí (Irish) - Bray.
your lordship - a form of address to noblemen
pit of the stomach - the slight depression in the region of the stomach between the cartilages of the false ribs
poleaxe - a battle axe, to strike with a poleaxe + perplex
floruerunt (l) - they flourished, = pl. of floruit (l) - "he flourished": formula of ancient historians when birth and death dates are unknown.
hoch - exp. of salutation and approval + hoch (ger) - high + Hochzeit (ger) - wedding (literally 'high-time').
terrify + turris (l) - tower.
Hitze (ger) - heat
three cheers - three successive cheers in unison, freq. for someone or something
William III (1650-1720) - Dutch prince of Orange and Nassau; later, with his wife Mary II, he ruled England and Ireland. William III beat James II at the Boyne, 1690. He made a treaty with the Catholics at Limerick which he broke or let his underlings break, and the Catholics had as foul, cruel a time of it as ever they had from Cromwell. The Boyne has always been celebrated by Ulster Protestants on "The Twalfth" of July with parades, featuring big drums (Lambeg Drums 398.29) and atrocious behavior to papists. In Dublin (before the Free State) the Ulstermen's brazen calf was a lead equestrian statue of King Billy on College Green which, on Williamite holy days, was painted white (a white horse in a fanlight is still a sign of Protestant sympathies) and decorated with orange lilies (Lili O'Rangans) and green and white ribbons "symbolically placed beneath its uplifted foot." Catholics retorted by vandalizing the statue, tarring, etc., and in 1836 succeeded in blowing the figure of the king off the horse.
Crom Cruach (krum krukh) (gael) - Bloody Croucher; ancient Irish idol + Crom abú! - war cry of the Fitzgeralds.