veiled - covered with or wearing a veil; concealed, covered, hidden, as if by a veil, obscure.

agrin - grinning + William Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida III.3.174: 'One touch of nature makes the whole world kin'.

tissue paper - a very thin soft gauze-like unsized paper, used for wrapping delicate articles, for covering engravings or other illustrations in books, as copying-paper, etc.

gaol - place of confinement, a prison

Blick (ger) - glance, look

saumon = salmon

lance - a weapon, consisting of a long wooden shaft and an iron or steel head, used for various purposes, e.g. for spearing fish.

doe - the female of the fallow deer

in full sail - ship with all sails set (at full speed)

whyte = white + James Joyce: The City of the Tribes: (of the parish house of Saint Nicholas) 'In the same place there is a curious document... in which the writer says that... he had never seen in a single glance what he saw in Galway - a priest elevating the Host, a pack chasing a deer, a ship entering the harbour under full sail, and a salmon being killed with a spear'.

host - Eccl. The bread consecrated in the Eucharist, regarded as the body of Christ sacrificially offered; a consecrated wafer. 

flapper - a girl in her late teens, orig. one with her hair down in a pigtail; a young woman, esp. with an implication of flightiness or lack of decorum + flattery

Canute or Cnut, King (995-1035) - king of Denmark and England who told the sea to retire.  

Cincinnatus - Roman dictator (at the time of his appointment he was working a small farm, he defeated the enemy in a single day, then resigned and returned to his farm).

farfar (Danish) - paternal grandfather

morfar (Danish) - maternal grandfather

hoar - grey-haired with age; venerable

Father Knickerbocker - New York City personified 

to crack a nut - to puzzle out, make out, solve, discuss + crack a quart (Slang) - drink a quart bottle + crack (Slang) - deflower + quaint (Slang) - vulva.

haven (Danish) - the garden

whiskery - having whiskers + song Finnegan's Wake 2: 'With a gallon of whisky at his feet, And a barrel of porter at his head'.

summit - the topmost part, top; the crown (of the head)

stehen (ger) - to stand   

footle - senseless or trifling talk or writing, nonsense, twaddle + feets

stutter - to speak with continued involuntary repetition of sounds or syllables, owing to excitement, fear, or constitutional nervous defect; to stammer.

pearly - round and lustrous like a pearl, as a dewdrop, etc. + early

an (Archaic) - if


BABYLON - Ancient city on left bank of Euphrates River; mod Hillak. 2 of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World were in Babylon: the Walls of Babylon, and the Gardens of Semiramis.

pitching - the action of setting or fixing in some place or position; spec. of stones in paving.


Finn mac Cool - legendary leader of the Fianna Éireann, an elite volunteer corps of warriors and huntsmen, skilled in poetry, which flourished under the reign of Cormac mac Airt in the 3rd century AD. After Cumhaill (Cool), chief of the Fianna, is killed, his posthumous son is reared secretly in a forest and earns the name Finn ("The Fair") by his exploits. He grows up  to  triumph over his father's slayer, Goll MacMorna, to become head of the Fianna, which later includes his son Oisín (Ossian), the poet, his grandson Oscar, the handsome Diarmaid (Dermot), and his former clan enemy Goll MacMorna. According to legend, Finn was a descendant of the Druids. He was wise and sensitive to nature and became a popular hero as a kingly figure in the 7th century. The other tales deal with the group's rise and fall. Its disintegration begins when Diarmaid elopes with Gráinne (Grace), a king's daughter whom Finn, as an old man, wishes to marry. Later, when Diarmaid is wounded, Finn lets him die for lack of water. The king and people finally turn against the overbearing Fianna, a conflict that culminates in the Battle of Gabhra, in which the Fianna is destroyed. Oscar is killed in battle; Oisín survives but is lured away by a fairy princess to Tír na nÓg (the "Land of Youth")... 

Mutter (ger) - mother + FDV + song Cecilia (1925): 'Does your mother know you're out, Cecilia?'

micky (familiarly used for Michael. Cf. Mick, Mike) - slang. The penis (rare.)

myoptic - affected with myopia, short sighted + (to the rhythm of Father Prout's song 'The Bells of Shandon': 'With deep affection and recollection I often think of those Shandon bells, Whose sounds so wild would, in days of childhood, Fling round my cradle their magic spells').


filial - of or pertaining to a son or daughter

bosom - the breast considered as the seat of thoughts and feelings

doth = do (arhaic) + that

pontificator - one who officiate as a pontiff esp. at a mass, one who delivers oracular utterances + pontificator (l) - one who acts as pontifex ("bridgemaker": Roman high priest) (*E*).

circumvallate - to surround with a rampart or entrenchment + circumvallator (l) - one who surrounds (a town) with a wall; blockader, beseiger.

dam - dame (obs.); mother (human): usually in contempt

garrulous - given to much talking, loquacious, talkative

slipt - arch. p. of slip

lisp - the action or an act of lisping (to speak with child-like utterance); a sound resembling a lisp, e.g. the rippling of water, the rustle of leaves. 

grig - excite desire, tantalize, irritate, annoy

berg - short for iceberg: A (floating) mountain or mass of ice + Berg (ger) - mountain.

spoon - to make love, esp. in a sentimental or silly fashion

spondee - a metrical foot consisting of two long syllables 

Undine - Greek water sprite, title of a novel (1811) by de la Motte-Fouqué in which Undine, personification of water, marries a human being, and, when set aside for another woman, kills her husband with a kiss. 

rageous - enraged, furious

ossean - a sort of fish; bony, osseous, as a teleost fish + Ossian; ocean

lyre - a stringed instrument of the harp kind, used by the Greeks for accompanying song and recitation; fig. chiefly as the symbol of lyric poetry.

dann = dan - mister, sir

plane - flat

purty - pretty

fane - a temple; fain (glad, rejoiced; disposed, eager, inclined or willing)

flirty - characterized by flirting

coy - displaying modest backwardness or shyness 

cajolery - the action or practice of cajoling (to prevail upon or get one's way with (a person) by delusive flattery, specious promises, or any false means of persuasion).

dabble - to employ oneself in a dilettante way in (any business or pursuit) without going  deeply or seriously into it; to work off and on at, as a matter of whim or fancy.

drollery - waggery, jesting

rouse - to excite to vigorous action or thought, to provoke to activity; to awaken from sleep.

rudder (Slang) - penis (i.e. erection)

drench - to wet through and through with liquid falling or thrown upon the object.

Hammurabi (1955-1913 B.C.) - Babyloniam king, formulated an early code of law. 

klesiastes (gr) - member of a vocation + Ecclesiastes

espy - to discover by spying or by looking out; to catch sight of

prankle - to prance or caper lightly

to burst bounds, barriers - to break, snap, shatter (bounds, barriers) suddenly; now said only of the person confined within (chiefly fig.)

agin (Anglo-Irish Pronunciation) - again

renounce - to give up, to abandon, give up, discontinue (a practice, action, habit, etc.)

ruing - pres. part. of rue

denounce - to proclaim, announce, declare; to publish, promulgate

ever + iver (Anglo-Irish Pronunciation) - ever.

amin (Anglo-Irish Pronunciation) - amen

true to type - consistent with, exactly agreeing with, 'faithful to' + TITLE

in lieu - in stead or in place of the thing mentioned, as a substitute

tit for tat - som. unpleasant which one does in return for som. unpleasant which one has suffered + tick - a whim, a fancy + tig (tig) (gael) - house + teach (t'okh) (gael) - house.

thatch - straw or similar material with which roofs are covered; transf. A thatched dwelling.

what with + wit (Dutch) - white.

darkness - gloom of sorrow, trouble, or distress

aprowl - in a state of activity or motion, on the prowl

rookery - a collection of rooks' nests in a clump of trees + rookery (Slang) - brothel.

the Magdalen(e - the appellation of a disciple of Christ named Mary, 'out of whom went seven devils' (Luke viii. 2). She has commonly been supposed to be identical with the unnamed 'sinner' of Luke vii. 37, and therefore appears in Western hagiology as a harlot restored to purity and elevated to saintship by repentance and faith + Magd (ger) - maid.

monkey house - a building in which monkeys are kept for show (as at zoo) + monkish - of or belonging to monks; monastic.

pard - a panther or leopard (Now only an archaic or poetic name) + nijlpaard (Dutch) - hippopotamus (literally 'Nile-horse') + paard (Dutch) - horse.

witchcraft - the practices of a witch or witches, magic arts


grocer - a trader who deals in spices, dried fruits, sugar, and, in general, all articles of  domestic consumption except those that are considered the distinctive wares of some other  class of tradesmen.


vintner - one who deals in or sells wine; a wine-merchant; an innkeeper selling wine.

house boat - a barge with cabins for leisurely cruising in quiet waters.

nox atrabilis (l) - gloomy night

O felix culpa (l) - "O happy sin": medieval hymn on Adam's fall, which elicited the Incarnation.

wohnen (ger) - to live, reside + one

Eck (ger) - corner