Alice Ben Bolt

In Eumaeus, as Bloom listens to the old sailor talk about going home to Queenstown to see "my own true wife I haven't seen for seven years now," he thinks of the various literary works that have been written "on that particular Alice Ben Bolt topic." Ben Bolt is a 19th century poem, and song, about a sailor who returns to the town of his childhood after twenty years and learns that Alice, who apparently loved him, is dead.

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 1895 souvenir of the play Trilby calling attention to the popular song at its heart, held in the New York Public Library. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

 Two stanzas sung by American countertenor Richard Jose, recorded in December 1905. Source:

 Three stanzas sung by Fred Feild, with sheet music. Source: