Annotations to James Joyce's Ulysses/Oxen of the Sun/403
Deine Kuh Truebsal melkest Du. Nun trinkst Du die suesse Milch des Euters (German) You are milking your cow "Affliction". Now you are drinking the sweet milk of her udder. The words are not spoken by Zarathustra in Nietzsche's Also Sprach Zarathustra. Weldon Thornton notes a similarity to Shakespeare: Adversity's sweet milk, philosophy (Romeo and Juliet 3:3:55).
Per deam Partulam et Pertundam nunc est bibendum ! (Latin) By the goddess Partula and Pertunda now we must drink. Partula, or Parca, was a Roman goddess of childbirth. Pertunda was a Roman goddess of sexual intercourse and carnal love who presided over the loss of virginity; she has been identified with Juno; he name derives from pertundere (to penetrate).
Benedicat vos omnipotens Deus, Pater et Filius (Latin) May almighty God bless you, Father and Son. In the Latin Tridentine Mass, which was still in use in 1904, the Dismissal ends with the Blessing, Benedicat vos omnipotens Deus, Pater et Filius et Spiritus Sanctus (May almighty God bless you, Father and Son and Holy Spirit), to which the congregation replies Amen. There then follows the Last Gospel.
En avant, mes enfants! (French) Forward, my children!
Ma mère m'a mariée (French) My mother married me. These are the opening words of a bawdy French song:
Retamplan Digidi Boum Boum Nonsense words believed to represent the sound of drums. In French, rataplan is commonly used to express the sound of a drum, especially in marching songs. Boum Boum could be an improvised French spelling of Boom Boom, the English equivalent of rataplan.
Gabler reverts to the manuscript reading: Retamplatan digidi boumboum.
Silentium ! (Latin) Silence!
Uebermensch (German) See 022.16.