Absentminded beggar

The "absentminded beggar" appears numerous times in Ulysses as a reference to Britain's second Boer War (1899-1902). This poem, written by Rudyard Kipling and set to music by Sir Arthur Sullivan, raised an immense amount of money for soldiers and their families.

John Hunt 2013

Poster for Arthur Sullivan's setting of the poem, featuring "A Gentleman in Khaki" by Richard Caton Woodville, Jr.

Album cover of Boer War songs by Rudyard Kipling.

Jonathan Jones, the Farnham Town Crier, reciting "The Absent-Minded Beggar." Source: YouTube.