Middle-sea and Lear-sea (continued)
If he leaves it to us
we’ll fix him dandy.
But tell him—with respects from me
tell him—tell the old Jason:
As sure as I was articled, had I the job of mortisin’ the beams to which was lashed and roved the Fault in all of us, I’ld take m’ time and set that aspen transoma square to the Rootless Tree
or dash m’ buttons!b
. . . he’s got
till the Day o’ Doom
to sail the bitter seas o’ the world!
David Jones notes
a There is a tradition that the Cross (or at least its crosspiece) was made of willow. Aspen is near enough a willow.
b An old-fashioned version of ‘I’ll be damned!’ used by those who preferred not to utter profanities.
‘Rootless Tree’ is an expression used in the Old English poem The Dream of the Rood. ‘Day o’ Doom’ reminds us of the Dies Irae.
And so we say ‘adieu’ to the Flying Dutchman which (fittingly enough) is the last ship we shall encounter in our journey through The Anathemata.