James Joyce and the hazards of OCR

NOTE: items between [ ] and in small print are left from uncorrected scanning and OCR of two pages side by side

In Inisfail the fair there lies a land, the land of holy Michan. There rises a watchtower beheld of men afar. There sleep the mighty dead [medium steers and roaring mares] as in life they slept, warriors and princes of high renown. A pleasant land it is in sooth of murmuring waters, fishful streams where sport the gunnard, the plaice, the roach, the halibut, the gibbed haddock, [swine and Angus heifers] the grilse, the dab, the brill, the flounder, the mixed coarse fish generally and other denizens of the aqueous kingdom too numerous to be enumerated. In the mild breezes of the west and of the east the lofty trees wave in different directions their first class foliage, the wafty sycamore, the Lebanonian cedar, the exalted planetree, the eugenic eucalyptus and other ornaments of the arboreal world with which that region is thoroughly well supplied. Lovely maidens sit in close [gentle declivities of the place of the race] proximity to the roots of the lovely trees singing the most lovely songs [ with superabundance of milk and butts] while they play with all kinds of lovely objects as for example golden ingots, silvery fishes, crans of herrings, drafts of eels, codlings, creels of fingerlings, purple seagems and playful insects. And heroes voyage from afar to woo them, from Elbana to Slievemargy, the peerless ' princes of unfettered Munster and of [bloody mangy mongrel, Garryowen,] Connacht the just and of smooth sleek Leinster and of Cruachan's land and of Armagh the splendid and of the noble district of Boyle, princes, the sons of kings. And there rises a shining palace whose crystal glittering roof is seen by mariners who traverse the extensive sea in barks built expressly for [creeps.] that purpose and thither come all herds and fatlings and first fruits [of that bloody dog.] of that land for O'Connell Fitzsimon takes toll of them, a chieftain descended from chieftains. Thither the extremely large wains bring [blue paper about a licence.] foison of the fields, flaskets of cauliflowers, floats of spinach, pineapple chunks, Rangoon beans, strikes of tomatoes, drums of figs, drills of Swedes, spherical potatoes and tallies of iridescent kale, York and Savoy, and trays of onions, pearls of the earth, and punnets of mush rooms and custard marrows and fat vetches and bere and rape and red green yellow brown russet sweet big bitter ripe pomellated apples and chips of strawberries and sieves of gooseberries, pulpy and pelurious, and strawberries fit for princes and raspberries from their canes.

I dare him, says he, and I doubledare him. Come out here,
Geraghty, you notorious bloody hill and dale robber!
And by that way wend the herds innumerable of bellwethers and
flushed ewes and shearling rams and lambs and stubble geese and
medium steers and roaring mares and polled calves and longwools
and storesheep and Cuffe's prime springers and culls and sowpigs and
baconhogs and the various different varieties of highly distinguished
swine and Angus heifers and polly bullocks of immaculate pedigree
together with prime premiated milchcows and beeves: and there is
ever heard a trampling, cackling, roaring, lowing, bleating, bellowing,
rumbling, grunting, champing, chewing, of sheep and pigs and heavy-
hooved kine from pasturelands of Lush and Rush and Carrickmines
and from the streamy vales of Thomond, from M'Gillicuddy's reeks
the inaccessible and lordly Shannon. the unfathomable, and from the
gentle declivities of the place of the race of Kiar, their udders distended
with superabundance of milk and butts of butter and rennets of cheese
and farmer's firkins and targets of lamb and crannocks of corn and
oblong eggs, in great hundreds, various in size, the agate with the dun.

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