Sirius* - a fixed star of the first magnitude, the chief of the constellation Canis Major or Great Dog, and the brightest in the heavens; the dog-star                                                                                                                                                                 seriously

selene (gr) - moon

indico (l) - reveal;            Securus iudicat orbis terrarum, bonos non esse... (l) - 'The calm judgment of the world is that those men cannot be good who in any part of the world cut themselves off from the rest of the world' (St. Augustine).

umbra (l) - shadow

teluris (l) - earth

immersion - Astron. The disappearance of a celestial body behind another or in its shadow, as in an occultation or eclipse.

drought - thirst (arch. and dial.)                                                                                                                                          doubt

Anno Domini* - in the year of the Christian era; in the year since (the reputed date of) the birth of Christ;             dominae - a woman of rank.

1132;                     purty - repr. Irish and U.S. local pronunc. of pretty.

jorn = adjourn                                                                                                                                                                     John

ex ungue leonem (l) - to draw lion according to his claws

Jim;                        James.

chorepiscopal* - belonging to a chorepiscopus or country bishop of the early church.

colander - a vessel, usually of metal, closely perforated at the bottom with small holes, and  used as a sieve or strainer in cookery                                                                                                                                                                      calendar

vice - evil, immoral, or wicked person; a character in a morality play representing one or other vice; hence, a stage jester or buffoon.

pree - to make proof or trial of; to try what (a thing) is like, esp. by tasting                                                                               see

prance - to dance, gambol, caper

polka* - a lively dance of Bohemian origin, the music for which is in duple time.

wop = whop - to beat, strike                                                                                                                                              hops

Schrei (d) - cry, shout

skimpy - stinted or stunted in some respect, lacking the proper fulness or size.

skirp - to behave with contempt; to mock, deride (obs. rare.)

czar - formerly the usual spelling of tsar

devilish* - excessively, exceedingly, enormously: originally of things bad, but in later use a mere coarse intensive.

ricordo (it) - memory

Taglioni - a family of ballet-dancers in the early 19th c.

bounding - a leaping or springing, esp. in an elastic way

prisk - ancient, primitive

palsied - affected with palsy, paralysed; fig. deprived of muscular energy or power of action; rendered impotent; tottering, trembling.

pantaloon - the Venetian character in Italian comedy, represented as a lean and foolish old man, wearing spectacles, pantaloons, and slippers.

oros (gr) - mountain

panta rea (gr) - everything flows

Gaiety Theatre in South King Street, Dublin

aria - a connected succession of musical sounds in expressive rhythmical arrangement; a piece of music of this nature to be sung or played as a 'solo,' with or without a distinct harmonized accompaniment; a melody.


reel - to whirl round or about

shindy* - a general commotion, a noisy row, uproar


trist - sadness, sorrow, affliction                                                                                                                                     Tristan

trine* - a group of three, a triad

take back - to carry back in thought to a past time; to go back, return ? (obs. exc. dial.)

graunt mercy* = gramercy - thanks; thank you

sideline - the standpoint of persons not immediately participating

pace - with all due respect to; by the leave of (a person); Used chiefly as a courteous or ironical apology for a contradiction or difference of opinion.

to the fore - to or in the front, to or in the most important to most noticeable position.

metamorphize* - to change in form; to turn to or into something else by enchantment or other supernatural means.

jerksome - characterized by jerks or sudden abrupt or twitching movements; often fig., spasmodic.

lubber - a big, clumsy, stupid fellow; esp. one who lives in idleness

dilirious* - characterized by wild excitement or symptoms resembling those of delirium.

unsteadily - in an unsteady manner

Kerry - a county in the S.W. of Ireland

quadrille - a square dance, of French origin, usually performed by four couples, and containing five sections or figures, each of which is a complete dance in itself.

lancer - pl. The name of a species of quadrille. Also the music proper to this dance.

mastersinger* - Anglicized form of meistersinger (German lyric poets and musicians in the 14th to 16th centuries organized in guilds and having an elaborate technique; (sing.) a member of such a guild).

consecutive - following continuously; following as a consequence or effect.

white elephant* - fig. A burdensome or costly possession (from the story that the kings of Siam were accustomed to make a present of one of these animals to courtiers who had rendered themselves obnoxious, in order to ruin the recipient by the cost of its maintenance). Also, an object, scheme, etc., considered to be without use or value.

pedestalled* - provided with, set upon, or having a pedestal (the base supporting a column or pillar in construction; the base on which an obelisk, statue, vase, or the like is erected).