Often, there are phrases or expressions that I will hear in conversation or on the radio which I do not fully understand the origin or the exact meaning. Most of the time, by reference to the context I can make a reasonable guess as to the implications. The rest of the time, the phrase does not really matter and so it gets filed in the mental junk mail folder.
When in Leitrim, a few weeks ago, I was reminded of one of these expressions. I could not even remember where I had heard it before but it definitely has been in that junk mail folder for a while – possibly from the play ‘At the Black Pig’s Dyke’ or possibly somewhere completely different and completely of origin lost forever.
The title of the art installation did bring a spark of recall and the internet did the rest.
‘Beauty’, ‘Eye’ and ‘Beholder’……… my glasses may need to be set to a different prescription.
IN ANCIENT TIMES
THE BLACK PIG’S