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We all seek out hope but it's important to remember that lockdown is not forever

Martina Devlin


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Message of hope: A quote from Seamus Heaney is chalked on a gate near Martina Devlin’s home.

Message of hope: A quote from Seamus Heaney is chalked on a gate near Martina Devlin’s home.

Message of hope: A quote from Seamus Heaney is chalked on a gate near Martina Devlin’s home.

Abraham Lincoln borrowed a nugget of wisdom from medieval Persian poetry for a speech delivered six years before his assassination.

He told how a sultan ordered his wise men to invent a sentence which would be true and appropriate in all situations - they presented him with the words: "And this, too, shall pass away."

That's a touchstone for turbulent times, a reminder the restrictions hemming in our lives are destined to vanish. Not inside a week, unfortunately, and maybe not even after a month. We may as well resign ourselves to losing April.