Beginning of Ulysses by James Joyce, [Verse Alteration]

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Stately,

plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead,
bearing a bowl of lather;
a mirror and a razor lay crossed.
A yellow dressinggown, ungirdled
gently behind him:  the mild morning air.
The bowl aloft, he intoned:
—  Introibo ad altare Dei.
Coarsely he called up | down the dark winding stairs :
—  Come up, Kinch !  Come up, you fearful jesuit.

Solemnly forward, mounting the gunrest round,
he blessed gravely thrice:
the tower, surrounding country, awaking mountains.
Catching sight of Stephen Dedalus;
bent, he made rapid crosses in the air,
gurgling his throat, shaking his head.
Dedalus, displeased and sleepy, leaned
arms on the top of the staircase, looked
coldly; the shaking gurgling face, blessing—
equine length, untonsured hair:
pale oak.

Mulligan peeped under the mirror, an instant;
covered the bowl smartly.
—  Back to barracks !  sternly.
[Preacher’s Tone]:
—  For this, O dearly beloved; the genuine
Christine:  body and soul and blood and ouns.
Slow music, please. Shut your eyes, gents.
One moment.
A little trouble about those white corpuscles.

Silence, all.

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paraphrased from:  “Ulysses” — James Joyce