1.200. Fred Norris Robinson, ‘Satirists and Enchanters in Early Irish Literature’ in David Gordon Lyon and George Foot Moore, eds., Studies in the History of Religions: Presented to Crawford Howell Toy by Pupils Colleagues and Friends, (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1912), p. 110. BL 4503.k.5
Extract from Fred Norris Robinson, ‘Satirists and Enchanters in Early Irish Literature’ (1912).
Mulligan’s heightened colour may have to do with a power anciently associated with the Irish bard:
Several words [in the ninth- or tenth-century Cormac’s Glossary] are . . . explained as having to do with the satirist or his work. Leos is defined as “a blush wherewith a person is reddened after a satire or reproach of him”; and one meaning of ferb is said to be “a blotch which is put on the face of a man after a satire or false judgment.”