The unicorn’s song
U 14.232-4: Whereat Crotthers of Alba Longa sang young Malachi's praise of that beast the unicorn how once in the millennium he cometh by his horn [...]
The publication of Gogarty's bawdy songs in
the appendix of Jeffares' Poems and Plays
of Oliver St John Gogarty provides a concrete source for this allusion. The
third stanza of Gogarty's "Medical Students' Song" reads:
In Telemachus (U 1.706), Joyce also quotes from the fourth stanza of the poem: 2
It seems a pity we do not know the tune of the song.
1 The Poems and Plays of Oliver St John Gogarty, collected, edited and annotated by A. Norman Jeffares (2001), p. 825.
2 See John Noel Turner and Marc A. Mamigonian “Solar Patriot: Oliver St. John Gogarty in ‘Ulysses’", in James Joyce Quarterly (Summer, 2004), Vol. 41, No. 4, p. 643.
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