Old England

Deasy's lament that "Old England is dying" prompts more of William Blake's poetry to float through Stephen's mind: "The harlot's cry from street to street / Shall weave old England's windingsheet." Possibly Stephen thinks of these lines simply because they describe England as dying. But it is more likely that he is answering Deasy's reactionary thought with a revolutionary one, returning to the Blakean themes of apocalyptic transformation with which the chapter began.

JH 2012

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