me - my

aisy (Anglo-Irish Pronunciation) - easy

rouse - to awaken from sleep; to stir up, to provoke to activity + song Pretty Molly Brannigan: 'The place where my heart was you'd aisy roll a turnip in'.

Innocent I, SAINT - pope from 401 to 417, who condemned Pelagianism, a heresy concerning the role of grace and free will. 

all my eye - all humbug, 'stuff and nonsense'; also, in same sense, all in the eye, my eye(s! used as an expression of astonishment or asseveration. my eye also used as an expression of emphatic denial; hence as n., nonsense + "The Holly and the Ivy" is a traditional Christmas carol. This carol is probably related to an older carol: "The Contest of the Ivy and the Holly", a contest between the traditional emblems of woman and man respectively.

holly - a plant of the genus Ilex; orig. and esp. the common European holly, I. Aquifolium, an evergreen shrub or small tree with dark-green tough glossy leaves, having indented edges set with sharp stiff prickles at the points, and bearing clusters of small green flowers succeeded by bright red berries; much used for decorating houses and churches at Christmas.

ivy - a well-known climbing evergreen shrub (Hedera Helix), indigenous to Europe and parts  of Asia and Africa, having dark-green shining leaves, usually five-angled, and bearing umbels of greenish-yellow flowers, succeeded by dark berries; it is a favourite ornamental covering of walls, old buildings, ruins, etc. The plant was anciently sacred to Bacchus.

brattock - a tiny brat (a child, so called in contempt), a young one + 'my dear little brothers in Christ' (James Joyce: A Portrait III) + LITTLE BRITAIN - French Bretagne or Brittany, North-West France; aka Armorica. Tristram died there; Amory Tristram, first Lord of Howth, was born there, or so James Joyce believed. Ptolemy called Ireland "Little Britain." 

augmentatively - by way of augmentation or addition + FDV: As my explanations here are probably above your understandings I shall revert to a method which I frequently use with muddleclass pupils. Imagine for my purpose that you are a squad of urchins, snifflynosed, gandernecked goslingnecked, clothaired clottyheaded, tingled in your pants etc etc. And you, Jones Smith, take your tongue out of your inkpot! As none of you know javanese I will give you a free translation of an the old fibulist.

comparison - to make like, fashion after the likeness of (const. to)

Cadwan, Cadwalhon, Cadwalloner - kings of ancient Wales

revert - to return to a custom, practice, idea, etc.

expletive - redundant, wordy

sermon - to preach to (a person) + sermo (l) - talk, conversation; ordinary speech.

middle-class schools - schools established for the education of the middle classes, intermediate between primary schools and the great public schools.

urchin - a little fellow, a boy or youngster (often applied with commiserative force to children poorly, raggedly, or untidily clothed).

sniffly - sniffling; characterized by sniffling (to emit mucus from the nose; also, to draw up mucus audibly).

gosling - a young goose; a foolish, inexperienced person, one who is young and 'green'.

cloth head - a thick-head, blockhead + clothy - of cloth.

tangled - interlaced or intertwined in a complicated and confused manner

lacing - a fastening lace for clothing

tingle - to cause a thrilling or pricking sensation, stir, stimulate


Bruno, Giordano (byname IL NOLANO) - Italian philosopher, astronomer, mathematician, and occultist whose theories anticipated modern science.

Javanese - the language of central Java, belonging to the Malayan family

free and easy - unconstrained, natural, unaffected

fabulist - one who relates fables or legends

parable - a fictitious narrative or allegory (usually something that might naturally occur), by which moral or spiritual relations are typically figured or set forth.

minor (l) - the lesser (British public schools: surname for younger of two brothers in the school).

satchel - a bag for carrying schoolbooks, with or without a strap to hang over the shoulders.

audi (l) - listen! pay attention!

Jupiter (l) - Jove, chief god of the Romans

exaudi (l) - hear clearly! understand!

fox + REFERENCE + FDV: The Mookse and the Grapes Gripes

gripe - the action of griping, clutching, grasping or seizing tenaciously + grapes + gripe (Slang) - to complain, to grumble.

laity - unprofessional people, as opposed to those who follow some learned profession, to artists, etc. + gentlemen 

semicolon - ";"

highbred - of, pertaining to, or characteristic of high breeding or bringing-up; characterized by highly refined manners.

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

Ein (ger) - one + eins (ger) - one + once

Once upon a time and very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo... - from ''Potrait of the Artist as a Young Man''.

wast - arhaic p. of be

wohnen (ger) - to live, to dwell + er woonde eens (Dutch) - there once lived.

lonesomeness - loneliness + lit. einsam - lonely + Einsamkeit (German) = ensomhed (Danish) - solitude, loneliness (literally 'onesomeness').

all to - Employed in middle and early modern English as intensive to any verb

hermitlike + archon (gr) - ruler, commander, chief magistrate.

nursery rhyme A Frog He Would A-wooing Go: 'With a rowley, powley, gammon and spinach Heigh ho! says Anthony Rowley' (also known as The Frog's Courting, The Lovesick Frog, The Wedding of the Frog and the Mouse, etc.)

by my hood - an asseveration (obs.) + my hat (phrase I'll eat my hat: Used to say that you are sure something will not happen) + FDV:.A moose he would a walking go so he drubbed his eyes, ascented his nose, packed up his ears put on his impermeable and stepped out of his immoble and set off to see how badness in the west waste of all possible parsable words.

William Shakespeare: Antony and Cleopatra + William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet.

gammon - a smoked or cured ham


flabel - to fan

to blow the nose - to clear nose from mucus or other adherent matter by sending a current of  air through + pilleolus (l) - a small felt skull-cap (formerly worn by prelates) + pilleo (l) - to place the pilleus (cap of freedom) on a person's head: token of manumission of a slave.

vaticinate - to foretell, predict, prognosticate, or prophesy (a future event) + VATICAN - On Mons Vaticanus, Rome, probably after vaticinium, Lat "prophecy." It adjoins St Peter's Cathedral. Contains, among other art galleries, the Pinacoteca, and the Borgia apartments, commissioned by Alexander VI. In the Sistine Chapel the ceiling, Michelangelo's masterpiece, looks down on awed visitors. Vatican gardens, originally laid out in 16th century, include fountains but no waterfalls (It, cascata). The district around the Vatican is the Borgo, also called the Leonine City, after Leo IV, who fortified it in the 9th century. 

pallium - The Latin name for the large rectangular cloak or mantle worn by men, chiefly among the Greeks; esp. by philosophers, and by ascetics and others in the early Christian Church. 

impermeable - that does not permit the passage of water or other fluid + impermeable (fr) - raincoat.

impugnable - that cannot be assailed or overcome

to harp on - to dwell wearisomely upon in speech or writing

immobile - incapable of moving or of being moved, immovable

rure (l) - village

albus (l) - white + The motto of Pope Adrian IV was "De Rure Albo," "of the Alban country" + ALBA - Ancient name for area in Latium, Italy, including the Alban Hills + de rure albo (l) - from or concerning a white countryside or country estate.

choke full - filled so as to leave no vacant space, full to suffocation


gorgeously + VILLA BORGHESE - in Rome. Known for the extensive and parklike Borghese Gardens, which contain art museums (It, pinacoteca) and fountains, but no waterfalls (It, cascata).  

let out - to extend in dimension

strown - scattered

cascade - a small waterfall; esp. one of a series of small falls, formed by water in its descent over rocks, or in the artificial works of the kind introduced in landscape gardening + cascata (it) - waterfall.

pinacoteca (it) - painting-gallery

aqueduct + hortus (l) - garden + orthodoxos (gr) - having correct beliefs in religion.

currycomb - a comb or instrument of metal used for currying horses, etc. + churches

set off - to set in motion, to start a journey

Lud's Town = London - from mythical King of Brit: "And on the gates of Lud's town set your heads" (Shakespeare, Cymbeline IV, ii).

a spasso (it) - (to go) for a walk

badness - the quality or state of being bad + proverb Business is business.

pensible - hanging down, pendant + pensable (fr) - conceivable.

lancia spezzata (it) - a prince's bodyguard (literally 'broken lance' or 'broken spear') + Thomas Moore: Irish Melodies: song The Minstrel Boy: 'The Minstrel Boy to the war is gone, In the ranks of death you'll find him; His father's sword he has girded on, And his wild harp slung behind him'.

turkeys + tarheel (U.S. Colloquial) - a nickname for a native of North Carolina (from tar being a major product of this state).

one and only - one's sweetheart, one's only child or love

Nicholas Breakspear , papal legate to Scandinavia, who later became the only English pope as Adrian IV + REFERENCE

clank - to move with a clanking sound

vee - "V", something having the shape of the letter V + vee (Dutch) - cattle.

treetop - the top of a tree

every inch - every bit, entirely, in every respect

pent (gr) - - five + FDV: He had not made but a few parsecs when at the dirty of a wrong lane he met the Grapes he came upon a little river stream. It was little and it was brown and it was narrow and it was shallow. And as it ran it dribbled [like any-lively purl-it-easy]. My, my, my! Me, me, me! Little brown dream don't I love me?

parsec - 30.8 trillion km.

asylum - inviolable shelter; refuge, protection; a secure place of refuge, shelter, or retreat.

turning - a place or point where a road, path, etc. turns, or turns off