thee (Dutch) - tea

torso - the trunk of a statue, without or considered independently of head and limbs; also, the trunk of the human body + Thomas Moore: song: O'Donohue's Mistress: 'Of all the fair months, that round the sun'.

glen - a mountain-valley, usually narrow and forming the course of a stream + Humpty Dumpty (nursery rhyme): "All the king's horses and all the king's men".

O'Donough - air toT. Moore's 'Song of O'Donohue's Mistress.' O'Donohue's white horses are white waves on a windy day. According to legend, O'Donohue appears every 7th year on Mayday, on the lakes of Killarney.

stitch - a sharp sudden local pain, like that produced by the thrust of a pointed weapon; esp. (now only) an acute spasmodic pain in the intercostal muscles, called more fully a stitch in the side.

mom - mother + 'You're the cream in my coffee... I'd be lost without you' (song).

husky - one that is husky (burly, robust) or powerful; an Eskimo of Labrador

hustings - court of common pleas; the proceedings at a parliamentary election

lift - to steal

Norsker (Danish) - a Norwegian

torsk (Danish) - cod + Tuskar Rock - shoal and lighthouse off the coast of County Wexford.

poddle - to walk with short, unsteady steps, to toddle + PODDLE RIVER - Flows North into Liffey, underground from Harold's Cross until it emerges from a pipe in the wall of Wellington Quay. Its junction with the Liffey formed the harbour called by the Dan settlers Dubh-linn on Black Pool.

pierced + Persse O'Reilly

ardour - heat of passion or desire, vehemence, ardent desire

Battle of Tannenburg, 1410 + tonno (Italian) - tuna-fish + a ton of bricks (phrase).

boob - a stupid awkward person, simpleton, dope + Samuel Lover: The Angel's Whisper (song): 'A baby was sleeping, its mother was weeping'.

mower - one who cuts grass, etc., with a scythe; a jester, a mocker + (angel of death).

reap - to cut (grain, etc.) with the sickle, esp. in harvest

pit (Slang) - vulva

swish - to move with a swish, a hissing sound + wish you the light.

TOMMEN-Y-MUR - Near Festiniog, Wales; site of Roman camp on the Roman road running generally parallel to the shore of Cardigan Bay + Mohr (ger) - moor +  Melodies from Tommy Moore, i.e. 'Irish Melodies' by Thomas Moore.


Braut (ger) - bride + Brautschauer (ger) - man looking for bride + valentine breeches.

mimic - 'play-acting', mummery (obs.); mimicry, imitation (rare.)

meg - woman, country girl; penny + The Mime of Mick, Nick and the Maggies [219.18-.19]

pictorial - a journal of which pictures are the main feature

periodical - a magazine or miscellany, the successive numbers of which are published at regular intervals (as weekly, monthly, etc.)

Stationer's Hall - the hall of the Stationer's Company (one of the Livery Companies of the City of London, founded in 1556, comprising booksellers, printers, bookbinders, and dealers in writing materials, etc.), at which a register of copyrights is kept + Stationers' Hall, Dublin.

Ziegfeld, Flo - American showman who put on the Follies yearly from 1907 to 1931 in New York City + Sieg (ger) - victory. 

homme (fr) - man

faux pas - a false step, fig.; a slip, a trip; an act which compromises one's reputation, esp. a woman's lapse from virtue + faut pas (fr) - must not.

Genesis - the first in order of the books of the Old Testament, containing the account of the creation of the world

suspended sentence - (Law) a sentence which is imposed but remains in suspense provided that the offender commits no further offence within a stipulated period + (end and beginning of Finnegans Wake).


Lord Byron: Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

lo - Used to call attention + Thomas Moore: song: As Slow Our Ship.

thunderbolt - Applied to a person noted for violent or destructive action; one who acts with furious and resistless energy.

Smith, Captain John (1579-1631) - president of the English colony in Virginia. His life was saved by Pocahontas.

sauvage = savage - fierce, ferocious + LA BELLE SAUVAGE - Famous London coaching inn off Ludgate Hill. Pocahontas stayed there 1616-17 when she came to London with her husband John Rolfe, but the name antedates her visit. Brougham's burlesque 'La Belle Sauvage' (about Pocahontas) was performed on the opening night of the Gaiety Theatre (Dublin), 27 Nov 1871.  

honteuse (fr) - shameful

welkin - the sky, the firmament; Considered as the abode of the Deity, or of the gods of heathen mythology + velikan (Russian) - giant.

dochka (Russian) - little daughter

Marianne - the name of a Republican Secret Society formed in France after the coup of 1851 to restore a Republican Government; hence a familiar name for the Republican form of Government and, by extension, a personification of the French Republic + McGilligan's Daughter Mary Ann (song).

Fingal - Finn's name in Macpherson's Ossian poems. Fingal is a Scottish hero who comes to Ireland and fights the Danes. The Irish called certain Norse invaders, fingal or fingall, meaning "fair stranger" + Thom's Directory of Ireland/Dublin says people living north of Howth are 'popularly known as Fingallians' + J. Fenimore Cooper: The Last of the Mohicans.

egg - to provoke or goad to action, incite, encourage

stock exchange - group of people organized to provide an auction market among themselves

dutiful - rendering the services, attention, and regard that are due

customs - the duties levied upon imports as a branch of the public revenue + CUSTOM HOUSE - One of Dub's great Georgian buildings, the CH fronts the Liffey (CH Quay). Built 1781-1791, it was burned in May 1921 during the Troubles ("levelling of all customs by blazes"), later restored. Among other pieces of sculpture, there are carved stone heads over the doorways, representing Irish rivers (all male except for that of Anna Liffey). Joyce kept a picture of the Liffey head in his Paris flat.

miction - urination + mission

pick me up - something that stimulates or restores, tonic + Charles Dickens: The Pickwick Papers.

peter - penis, a prison cell

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall

pimp - one who provides means and opportunities for unlawful sexual intercourse

measly - poor, contemptible, of little value + misadventure - an adventure that goes wrong.

lice - pl. of louse + 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' + lice (fr. slang) - prostitutes.

Vokes Family - performers in music-halls and pantomimes, noted for agility and good humor Souvenir of the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Opening of The Gaiety Theatre 28: 'Amongst the most successful engagements... were those of the Vokes Family'. 

spread eagle - a representation of an eagle with wings raised and legs extended (heraldic); a person secured with the arms and legs stretched out esp. in order to be flogged + SPREAD EAGLE - An 18th-century corset shop in the Coombe Peter: Dublin Fragments, Social and Historic 154: 'in the Coombe, under "The Spread Eagle", ladies might obtain corsets of their liking'.

loosen - to undo, unfasten (bonds, a knot, or the like). Now usually: To render looser or less tight, to relax, slacken; Transf. and fig.: Now only in the phrase to loosen (a person's) tongue, and in certain poetical or rhetorical uses (? after Shelley).

corset + curses + cursitor (Slang) - pettifogging attorney.

Maggie (Slang) - whore + strap - an elongated leather strip (or a strip of similar material) for binding things together or holding something in position; fuck (Slang) + magistrates + Joyce's note: 'begin with mech. 2 poachers set gin' (gin = trap) + Joyce's note, Eumeus: 'a bench of magistrates'.

Popovich, Alesha - a hero of the Kiev epic cycle + Popo (ger) - buttocks + fett (ger) - fat.

Hawkeye (or Natty Bumpo) - hero of Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales, which include The Last of the Mohicans

cotch = catch

apples + See Naples and then die.

als het U belieft (Dutch) - if it pleases you, I beg you

felon - villany, wickedness, baseness (obs.)

renter - to sow Cloth after a particular manner, to fine-draw + exit Delvin (river) reenter Liffey (river).

vuggy - rel. to vug (a small cavity in rock lined with cristaline layer of different composition from the surrounding rock), full of cavities + (diminutive of Earwicker).

This is the house that Jack built (nursery rhyme): 'that ate the malt'

Abraham, Sarah, Isaac

neuter - neutral, sexless, neither active or passive + Newton, Sir Isaac (1642-1727) - English natural philosopher, author of the Principia and Universal Arithmetic. 

Brahm - the supreme god of post vedic Hindu mythology, persuaded Buddha to teach the law

taulke = talk + taught him common sense.

nibble - a small byte + An apple a day keeps the doctor away (proverb) + (advertisement for laxative).

bowel + James Joyce: A Portrait II: 'Uncle Charles... would seize... three or four American apples and thrust them generously into his grandnephew's hand... and say: - Take them, sir. Do you hear me, sir? They're good for your bowels' + (notebook 1924): '*A* apples for bowels' + (Eve's apple).

Arthur Guinness, Sons and Company, Ltd

airy - characterized by lightness and insubstantiality

Berber - a name given by the Arabs to the aboriginal people west and south of Egypt

Blut (ger) - blood + Dukas: Ariane and Barbe-bleu (opera; story by Perrault).

amy - friend, a lover

porter - a kind of beer of a dark brown colour and bitterish taste

huffy - puffed up with pride, conceit, or self-esteem; haughty, arrogant

ead - the same + heads + chip bread - to pare it by cutting away the crust (obs.)

brace - a pair, a couple

umbella (l) - umbrella + + *IJ* and *VYC*.

canes + Cain/Abel (motif)

hoved (Danish) - head + Lord of Howth and Grace O'Malley.

Dame Street, Dublin

festoon - a chain or garland of flowers, leaves, etc., suspended in a curved form between two points + manifestations.

College Green, Dublin

centre-half (football)

call on - to allure, incite, to encourage the growth of; bring on