longsuffering - patient endurance of provocation or trial
decennia - ten years + decennia (l) - decades
matter - to arrange the subject-matter of
wither - to lose vigour or freshness, to languish, decline, pine away
Sylvester - the pope who baptized Constantine. His day is December 31 + Sylvester (ger) - New Year's.
Walker, "Whimsical" (1850-1934) - English clown + Johnnie Walker whiskey.
whimsicality - oddity, fantasticalness
murmurant - murmuring (obs.) + murmuranda (l) - things worth muttering.
March + When Johnny Comes Marching Home (song).
avick (Irish) - my boy, my son (from Irish: a mhic) + a vacuum.
no more - not any more; no further
know - knowledge
Moloch - the name of a Canaanite idol, to whom children were sacrificed as burnt-offerings + Thomas Moore, Irish Melodies: song: Let Erin Remember the Days of Old: 'When Malachi wore the collar of gold'.
slip - a strip, a narrow piece or stretch, of land, ground, etc.
rived - rent, torn apart; Also fig. + right
chill - cold + children + chill December + Erskine Childers - a famous Irish Republican and follower of De Valera [previous line] executed in 1922.
spatch - to slay, kill; aphetic form of dispatch + straight from.
24 June - feast day of John the Baptist
yesterself (notebook 1924)
dread + FDV: Life, it is true, is will be a dream without you a lapsus tempous slip of the time between a date and a date [from tonight to yesterday].
furlong - the present statute furlong is 220 yards, and is equal to the eighth part of a statute mile + (notebook 1923): 'strong mile (W)'.
slick - first-class, excellent
slapstick - knockabout comedy or humour, farce, horseplay + FDV: Alas how they murmur against him in all beds and all bunks [two abed & three abed, in lodginghouses &] But you did your mile in swell slapstick style.
record - spec. the best recorded achievement in any competitive sport
farfetched - Of an argument, notion, simile, etc.: Studiously sought out, not easily or naturally introduced + Joyce's note: 'farfetched'.
in troth - truly, verily, indeed + Joyce's note: 'deed remembered for centuries'.
docile - ready and willing to be taught
bouncing - moving jerkily up and down; marked by lively action; Of a ball: Rebounding up and down.
contest - to contend in rivalry, compete (with)
Phoenix - a mythical, sacred bird of the Egyptians (they called it bennu), of gorgeous plumage, fabled to be the only one of its kind, and to live five or six hundred years in the Arabian desert, after which it burnt itself to ashes on a funeral pile of aromatic twigs ignited by the sun and fanned by its own wings, but only to emerge from its ashes with renewed youth, to live through another cycle of years. The phoenix is an emblem of the sun, resurrection. Phoenix derives from Greek for "date palm," which was the Sumerian and Phoenician tree of life and symbol of Christian martyrdom.
Erebus - the proper name of 'a place of darkness, between Earth and Hades'; son of Chaos, who begot Aether, Night and Day on his sister + Arabia
smother - dense, suffocating, or stifling smoke, such as is produced by combustion without flame + mother.
shoot up - to assail (a person, thing) by shooting
va te faire foutre! (fr) - (expletive) + va paotr (Breton) - my son.
eftsoon - Indicating sequence or transition in discourse: Again, moreover, likewise; afterwards, soon afterwards.
spirt - to sprout or germinate; to squirt
fire + pyre.
sunward - toward the sun
rampant - unchecked, unrestrained, aggressive, etc.
flambe - a torch + Il Trovatore: song Stride la vampa (literally 'the blaze crackles').
sombre - depressingly dark, dusky, or obscure
opacity - the quality or condition of being impervious to light; darkness, dimness, obscurity
gloom - an indefinite degree of darkness or obscurity, the result of night, deep shadow, etc.
vanished + Spanish + FDV: And already the sombrer portion of the night gloom is gone.
footsore - having sore or tender feet [(notebook 1924): 'footsore']
Work in Progress - Joyce's name for Finnegans Wake during composition
win out - to come out successfully, succeed in attaining one's end + Joyce's note: 'win out'
silent cock (Joyce's note) → Crawford: Back to the Long Grass 181: (of an African chieftain) 'his harem often gets out of hand and goes on strike, "the crowing hens and the silent cock" idea'.
The West's Awake (song) + FDV: Brave, brave [footsore] Sir Shaun! The silent cock shall be heard crow at last [and the east west will make the west east awake.]
John 12:35: 'Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth'.
'Lucifer' means 'lightbearer' + (notebook 1924): 'morn light breakfast bringer morroweth'.
whereon - on which + FDV: Walk while you have the night for the day noon cometh when wherein every post shall sleep. / (noises of morning)
the morn - the breakfast bringer shall fall fast asleep (notebook 1924)
amain - with all one's might, at full speed; vehemently, violently + amen.