Friday, September 26, 2014

FW 1.5f --his majestic erection--

1.5a: Bygmester Finnegan, of the Stuttering Hand, freemen's maurer, lived in the broadest way...
1.5b: (one yeastyday he sternely struxk his tete in a tub for to watsch the future of his fates...
1.5c: and during mighty odd years this man of hod, cement and edifices in Toper's Thorp...
1.5d: Oftwhile balbulous, mithre ahead, with goodly trowel in grasp and ivoroiled overalls...
1.5e: until he seesaw by neatlight of the liquor wheretwin 'twas born, his roundhead staple...
1.5f: erigenating from next to nothing and celescalating the himals and all, hierarchi­tecti­tipti­toploftical...

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synopsis: Tim Finnegan the masterbuilder — his tower

FDV: "and larrons of toolers clittering up on it & tumblers a' buckets clottering down."

erigenating from next to nothing

Latin erigens: building, erecting; arousing, stimulating
nervi erigentes: nerves involved in the erection of the penis
Greek êrigeneia: early-born (an epithet of Dawn)

EB11 vol. IX, 'Erigena, Johannes Scotus', 744a: 'The infinite essence of God, which may indeed be described as nihilum (nothing) is that from which all is created, from which all proceeds or emanates'
Irish philosopher who theorised a quadripartite cyclical nature of the universe (his name means 'Irish-born')

and celescalating the himals and all,


German Himmel: sky, heavens

why "and all"?


12 syllables ...ascending?

colloquial toploftical: haughty

with a burning bush abob off its baubletop

Moses' burning bush

lights at top of high buildings such as Eiffel Tower and Woolworth Building (warn planes, guide travelers, impress all)

builders' tradition of placing a bush, wreath or small tree, sometimes adorned with red ribbons, on top of a new building [more]

a bush was a sign of an inn or place where liquor is sold ('The idea of the pub sign came to Britain at the time of the Roman invasion. Wine bars in ancient Rome hung bunches of vine leaves outside as trading signs but when the Romans came here, they found precious few vines in the inhospitable climate. Instead, they hung up bushes to mark out the inns and the names Bush or Bull & Bush still survive.' cite)

obsolete abob: to astonish, to confound
German Bau: building, construction
Tower of Babel

and with larrons o'toolers clittering up

workmen with tools and buckets

French larron: thief

St Laurence O'Toole, bishop and patron of Dublin, was a contemporary of St Thomas à Becket, bishop of Canterbury, at the time of Henry II (the former advanced his personal career, the latter was martyred)


Thom's 1905: lists Richard Toole, James Beckett and William Beckett as Dublin builders

AngloIrish clittering: the noise of hurrying feet (from Irish cliotar)
German klettern: to climb

and tombles a'buckets clottering down.

tumbles ( hay?)

Becket was martyred

French phrase: il en tombe à seaux: it's raining (tomber = to fall) in buckets (seaux)

SwissGerman: lottern = to wobble


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