Saturday 18 November 2017

Martina Devlin: The nation is nursing a furious rage against litany of injustices and something is going to give

A Persian fable tells how a potentate instructed his wise men to devise something that would be true equally in good times as in bad. After deliberating, they offered the following: "This too shall pass."

A Jewish version puts King Solomon at the heart of the story, while other traditions have their variations. When Abraham Lincoln became aware of the phrase, he used it in a speech in 1859, attributing it to an Eastern monarch's advisers.

Whatever its provenance, those four words chime within the Irish context.

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