Two unidentified songs in the Penelope episode
U 18.29: ... trying to imagine he was dying on account of her to never see thy face again ...
This alludes to the song "The Last Watch" by Ciro Pinsuti (1829-88), words by Fred E. Weatherly (1848-1929), which was fairly popular in the 1880s. It was advertised as "Sung by Mr Maas" on the title page and was a favourite piece of Walter Bapty (also of Ulysses fame).
U 18.1290-2: "... always turning up half screwed singing the second verse first the old love is the new was one of his so sweetly sang the maiden on the hawthorn bough ..."
This is from "The Old Love And The New" by Frederic H. Cowen (1852-1935), words by R. E. Francillon (1841-1919):
The reader has to decide whom he blames for the blundering quotation. It could be a failure of Molly's or even her creator's memory, but as singing maidens on hawthorn boughs are rare it would seem that Molly correctly remembers the mess a "half screwed" Simon Dedalus made of the real words of the song.
I am grateful to Vincent Deane (Dublin) and Judith Harrington (San Francisco) for laying their hands on the full texts once the songs were identified.
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