sole - punning allusion to soul  

hereupon - immediately following upon this (in time or consequence)


wringle - to move sinuously, to writhe

doth - do (arch.)

trost - trust (obs.)

alms - charitable relief of the poor; charity                                                                                                                          arms


inflexibly - rigidly, firmly, obstinately; unalterably

huck - to chaffer, bargain                                                                                                                                            (onomat.)

split - denoting excessive laughter

minstrel - used poet. or rhetorically for a musician, singer, or poet

hearty - cordial, genial, cheery

sonorous* - Of sounds: Having a loud, deep, or resonant character

drudge - one employed in mean, servile, or distasteful work

to lie doggo - to lie quiet, to remain hid

to make the feathers fly* - to cause a disturbance, to 'stir up' someone.

woolly - having a wool-like texture, surface, or covering

deep field - Cricket, that part of the field which is near the boundary, esp. behind the bowler.

troll - to sing (something) in the manner of a round or catch;                   to roll one's hoop* - to mind one's own business.

whoop - a cry of 'whoop!', or a shout or call resembling this; spec. as used in hunting, esp. at the death of the game, or by N. American Indians, etc. as a signal or war-cry.

true to - consistent with, exactly agreeing with, 'faithful to'. Also true to type.

splatter* - to splash continuously or noisily

salutary - conducive to well-being; calculated to bring about a more satisfactory condition, or to remedy some evil.

sustain - to uphold, back up, give support to (a person's conduct, a cause, a course of action).

sue - to follow (a person) as an attendant, companion, or adherent

beauty parlour* - orig. U.S., an establishment in which the trade of a beauty specialist is carried on;                  parlous - perilous, dangerous; hazardous.

Mercury - a Roman divinity, identified from an early period with the Greek Hermes (son of Jupiter and Maia), the god of eloquence and feats of skill, the protector of traders and thieves, the presider over roads, the conductor of departed souls to the Lower World, and the messenger of the gods; represented in art as a young man with winged sandals and a winged hat, and bearing the caduceus.

wheel - to move in a circle, spiral, or similar curve; to circle, revolve

gimlet eye* - a sharp or piercing eye

stern - Of looks, bearing, gait: Indicating a stern disposition or mood; expressing grave displeasure; resolute, austere, gloomy.

the salt of the earth - (after Matt. v. 13): the excellent of the earth; formerly, in trivial use, the powerful, aristocratic, or wealthy; now also applied to a person or persons of great worthiness, reliability, honesty, etc.

apart* - to depart (from) (obs.)

besee* - to look to, give heed to, attend to

engagement - the fact of being engaged to be married

thumping - that thumps, in various senses; beating; banging; throbbing.

Gloria - a name for each of several formulŠ in Christian liturgical worship.

gang - any band or company of persons who go about together or act in concert.

voice - to express in words or with the voice

doxology* - a short formula of praise to God, esp. one in liturgical use

surcease - the action, or an act, of bringing or coming to an end; (a) cessation, stop; esp. (a) temporary cessation, suspension, or intermission.

all serene - a slang phr. for 'all's well', 'all right'

necklike - resembling a neck

Darby and Joan* - a jocose appellation for an attached husband and wife who are 'all in all to each other', especially in advanced years and in humble life. 

retribution - recompense, in another life, for one's good or bad deeds in this world.

churchhouse* - a house belonging to the (or a) church, or used for church purposes.

shunt - fig. To push aside or out of the way

felix (l) - happy

park - to take up a position in or as in a park; to occupy a suitable or stationary position.

ease - comfort, absence of pain or trouble

Seanad - the upper house of the parliament of the Republic of Ireland

reminder - something which reminds, or is intended to remind, one; mention made for the purpose of reminding.

petty - of small importance, inconsiderable, insignificant, trivial

squabble - a wrangle, dispute, brawl; a petty quarrel