attaboy - exp. of encouragement or approval + Atterbom, Ebba - translated Portrait of the Artist into Swedish (192l), signed the International Protest (1927) against Roth's pirating of Ulysses.
up to the ears - heavily or deeply involved
hue and cry - to raise the hue and cry, make an outcry; to pursue with hue and cry + At Trinity Church I Met My Doom (song): 'At Trinity Church I met my doom, / Now we live in a top back room, / Up to my eyes in debt for "renty" / That's what she's done for me (Drum)'
woe - an exclamation of grief or lamentation: = Alas!
nomad - a person belonging to a race or tribe which moves from place to place to find pasture
Nebuchadrezzar II - the second and greatest king of the Chaldean dynasty of Babylonia (reigned c. 605-c. 561 BC). He was known for his military might, the splendour of his capital, Babylon, and his important part in Jewish history.
NA'AMAN RIVER - Aka Belus; flows into Bay of Acre just South of Acre, North Palestine + Naaman was cured of leprosy when he washed in the Jordan (2 Kings, 5).
Jordan - the name of a river in Palestine, the crossing of which is used (after Num. 33:51) in pietistic language to symbolize death
sheet - winding sheet (a sheet in which a corpse is wrapped for burial; a shroud) + (spreading laundry to dry on stones).
bib - to drink, tipple (word may have originated in an imitation of repeated movements of the lips) + bids.
Babylon + Psalms 137: "By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept: when we remembered thee, O Sion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof".