Notes on the text
These notes, by John McGivering, are partly new, and partly based on the ORG. The page and line numbers below refer to the Macmillan (London) Standard Edition of Life's Handicap, as published and frequently reprinted between 1891 and 1950.
Aye …. Twist their tails and go !Marching to Kabul not traced.
Hathi, hathi (elephant) … oont (camel) and buffalo !
Oh that’s the way we shout all day as we drive the buffalo !
The boar, the mighty boar's my theme,See also David Page's notes on Chapter IX of Letters of Marque, p. 74.
Whate'er the wise may say;
- My morning thought, my midnight dream,
My hope throughout the day.
Youth's daring spirit, manhood's fire,
Firm hand, and eagle eye,
Do they require, who dare aspire
To see the wild-boar die.
Then pledge the boar, the mighty boar,
Fill high the cup with me;
Here 'a luck to all who fear no fall
And the next gray boar to see—
Beware[Page 45, line 33] Silver’s Theatre a Dublin theatre that figures in “With the Main Guard” mentioned above , “Love o’Women,” (Many Inventions) and the verse “Belts.”
Of entrance to a quarrel; but being in,
Bear’t , that’th opposed may beware of thee.
My Son, if a maiden deny thee and scuffingly bid thee give o’er,[Page 57, line 22] a live coal to my pipe men sometimes picked up the cool end of a burning stick or coal from the fire to light their tobacco-pipes.
Yet lip meets with lip at the lastward. Get out ! She has been there before.
They are pecked on the ear and the chin and the nose who are lacking in lore.
Tr-ra-ra sang th thrice-blessed bugle, and the rush to form square began. There is much rest and peace in the heart of a square if you arrive in time, and are not trodden upon too frequently. The smell of leather belts, fatigue uniform and packed humanity is comforting.[Page 70, line 21] Prometheus in ancient Greek mythology, he stole fire from heaven to give to men and was condemned to be chained to a rock where an eagle daily devoured his liver; it grew again in the night. Hercules slew the bird and freed him.