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LYRELiterature for Young Readers (Youngstown State University; Youngstown, OH)
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First the new-born child found a tortoise and from its shell contrived the lyre; next, with much cunning circumstance, he stole Apollo's cattle and, when charged with the theft by Apollo, forced that god to appear in undignified guise before the tribunal of Zeus.
Hermes' lyre has seven strings and the invention of the seven-stringed lyre is ascribed to Terpander
The hymn must therefore be later than that date, though Terpander, according to Weir Smyth (16), may have only modified the scale of the lyre; yet while the burlesque character precludes an early date, this feature is far removed, as Allen and Sikes remark, from the silliness of the "Battle of the Frogs and Mice", so that a date in the earlier part of the sixth century is most probable.
If I could dwell Where Israfel Hath dwelt, and he where I, He might not sing so wildly well A mortal melody, While a bolder note than this might swell From my lyre within the sky.
Thus in the music of the flute and of the lyre, 'harmony' and rhythm alone are employed; also in other arts, such as that of the shepherd's pipe, which are essentially similar to these.
"My dear Raoul, you would first have had to climb up to Apollo's lyre: that is no easy matter."
What I took for blazing eyes was probably a couple of stars shining through the strings of the lyre."
"It was while I gave you that kiss, up above, under Apollo's lyre," she said.
Youths and maidens all blithe and full of glee, carried the luscious fruit in plaited baskets; and with them there went a boy who made sweet music with his lyre, and sang the Linos-song with his clear boyish voice.
There was a bard also to sing to them and play his lyre, while two tumblers went about performing in the midst of them when the man struck up with his tune.
The history of the Dilmun civilisation, and the instrument in particular, has been documented in Mr Al Baqlawa's latest book called The Original Strings Lyre of Dilmun.
Though Nero was at Antium, 35 miles away from Rome, the people of the city blamed him for personally starting the fire, and even strumming his lyre as buildings burned.