Monday, September 8, 2014

FW 1.68a --once upon a time--

1.68a: It was of a night, late, lang time agone, in an auldstane eld, when Adam was delvin...
1.68b: and Jarl van Hoother had his burnt head high up in his lamphouse, laying cold hands on himself...
1.68c: And, be dermot, who come to the keep of his inn only the niece-of-his-in-law, the prankquean...
1.68d: And spoke she to the dour in her petty perusienne: Mark the Wans, why do I am alook alike...
1.68e: And Jarl van Hoother warlessed after her with soft dovesgall: Stop deef stop come back to my earin...
1.68f: And the prankquean went for her forty years' walk in Tourlemonde and she washed the blessings...
1.68g: So then she started to rain and to rain and, be redtom, she was back again at Jarl van Hoother's...
1.68h: And Jarl von Hoother had his baretholobruised heels drowned in his cellarmalt, shaking warm hands...
1.68i: And the prankquean nipped a paly one and lit up again and redcocks flew flackering from the hillcombs...
1.68k: So her madesty a forethought set down a jiminy and took up a jiminy and all the lilipath ways...
1.68l: And there was a wild old grannewwail that laurency night of starshootings somewhere in Erio...
1.68m: So then she started raining, raining, and in a pair of changers, be dom ter, she was back again...
1.68n: And Jarl von Hoother had his hurricane hips up to his pantrybox, ruminating in his holdfour stomachs...
1.68o: And the prankquean picked a blank and lit out and the valleys lay twinkling. And she made her wittest...
1.68p: For like the campbells acoming with a fork lance of lightning, Jarl von Hoother Boanerges himself...
1.68q: in his broadginger hat and his civic chollar and his allabuff hemmed and his bullbraggin soxangloves...
1.68r: And he clopped his rude hand to his eacy hitch and he ordurd and his thick spch spck for her to shut...
1.68s: And they all drank free. For one man in his armour was a fat match always for any girls under shurts...
1.68t: Saw fore shalt thou sea. Betoun ye and be. The prankquean was to hold her dummyship and the jimminies...

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synopsis: the tale of the Prankquean and Jarl van Hoother — why do I am alook alike a poss of porterpease?

FDV: "It was one night at a long time ago" →
"It was one night at a long time ago when Adam was delvin & his madami madamene spunning watersilts"

this Prankquean vignette is based on a historical Irish piratess, Grace O'Malley, who around 1576 kidnapped the 8yo grandson of the Earl of Howth (both named Christopher) to punish the Earl for being inhospitable.

according to a well-known legend, which may have occurred around 1575-6, Grace O'Malley (also known as Grania O'Malley or Grainne Ni Mhaille or Grannuaile), a 16thC Irish pirate, was refused admission to Howth Castle during dinner and in revenge captured the Baron's heir, to return him after his father promised the doors of Howth Castle would never again be closed at mealtime

It was of a night, late, lang time agone,

late at night

German lang: long

long time ago
time gone by

in an auldstane eld,

Old Stone Age = Paleolithic

auld = old
stane = stone

archaic eld: old; age; time [wkt]
eld = fire (Swedish)

tree/stone (stone, elm)

when Adam was delvin and his madameen spinning watersilts,

John Ball: 'When Adam delved and Eve span, who was then a gentleman?' (in his famous sermon to the rebels of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381) [Adam delved and Eve span]

dialect delve: dig

Gerald Nugent: Ode Written on Leaving Ireland: 'From thee, sweet Delvin, must I part!' [Delvin]

Mozart: Don Giovanni: song 'Madamina' [♬ Madamina]


Anglo-Irish -een (diminutive, often pejorative)

German spinnen: to spin; to be mad
spinning thread

elements (water, air, earth, fire)

watered silk: a type of silk with a wavy (water-like) finish


when mulk mountynotty man was everybully

bulk, hulk

Montenotte: site of French defeat of Austrians in 1794 and 1796 (name means 'night-mountain'; also district of Cork)
Mounties founded 1920 (Canadian Mounted Police)
knotty muscles?

Vico's first age of mountain-wandering giants

(Here Comes) everybody

and the first leal ribberrobber that ever had her ainway

archaic leal: lawful

rib (from which Eve was created)
cf Old Mother Slipperslapper? U84

VI.B14.55: 'rivers had their own way'
Fleming: The Life of St. Patrick 48: 'The network of rivers... exposed the country to periodical inundations in those days, when rivers had at all times their own way' [cf] ie rather than being dammed or channeled?

Hebrew ain: none, no, void

everybuddy else to his lovesaking eyes

implied 'was'? 'the ribberrobber was everybuddy else'
so those two were all that was?


(ignoring Lilith?)

and when everybilly lived alove with everybiddy else

"everybully... everybuddy else... everybilly... everybiddy else"

everybody (male)
dialect billy: fellow, mate, brother

in love

everybody (female)
slang biddy: woman


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