Make me thy lyre, even as the forest is: What if my leaves are falling like its own! The tumult of thy mighty harmonies Will take from both a deep, autumnal tone, Sweet though in sadness.Percy Bysshe Shelley: 1819 'Ode to theWestWind', l.57-61.
He turned the old one-stringed instrument into a many- chorded lyre W.G. discovered batting; he turned its many narrow straight channels into one great winding river.Prince Ranjitsinhji: 1897 Of W G Grace.TheJubilee Book of Cricket.
Soy el cantor deAme rica auto ctono y salvaje; mi lira tiene un alma, mi canto un ideal. Mi verso no se mece colgado de un ramaje con un vaive n pausado de hamaca tropical. I am the aboriginal and savage singer of America; my lyre has a soul, my song has an ideal. My poetry does not swing from the branches with the slow movement of a tropical hammock.1906 Alma Ame rica,'Blaso n' (translated as'Blazon',1935).
But I have lived, and have not lived in vain: My mind may loose its force, my blood its fire, And my frame perish even in conquering pain; But there is that within me which shall tire Torture and Time, and breathe when I expire. Something unearthly, which they deem not of, Like the remembered tone of a mute lyre, Shall on their softened spirits sink, and move In hearts all rocky now the late remorse of love.Rochdale: 1812-18 Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, canto 4, stanza137.
Than Timoleon's arms require,And Tully’s curule chair, and Milton's golden lyre.mark akenside: "On a Sermon against Glory", Odes on Several Subjects (1745), Stanza ii.
They [French critics of the Paris Salon of 1824, where his painting 'the Hay Wain' received a gold medal] are very amusing and acute — but very shallow and feeble. Thus one — after saying: "'it is but justice to admire the truth — 'the color' — and 'general vivacity' & richness —" – yet they want the objects more formed and defined &c, and say they are like the rich preludes in musick, and the full harmonious warblings of the Aeolian lyre, which means 'nothing,' and they call them orations — and harangues — and high-flown conversations affecting a careless ease — &c &v &c - Is not some of this 'blame' the highest 'praise' – what is poetry? – What is Coleridge's Ancient Mariner (the very best modern poem) but something like this?john constable: Letter to Rev. John Fisher, 1824, as quoted in Leslie Parris and Ian Fleming-Williams, Constable, (Tate Gallery Publications, London, 1993), p. 205
"Regions Caesar never knewThy posterity shall sway;Where his eagles never flew,None invincible as they."Such the bard's prophetic words, Pregnant with celestial fire, Bending as he swept the chords Of his sweet but awful lyre.william cowper: "Boadicea" (1782).
Never does a wilder song Steal the breezy lyre along, When the wind in odors dying, Wooes it with enamor'd sighing.Thomas Moore, To Rosa.
It is idle to play the lyre for an ass.jerome: Letter 27 (Sourced)
Who ranThrough each mode of the lyre, and was master of all.thomas moore: On the Death of Sheridan.
Around 600 BCE, Pythagoras observed that the tones of a lyre sound most harmonious when the ratio of string lengths forms a simple whole-number fraction. Inspired by such hints, Pythagoras and his followers made a remarkable intuitive leap. They foresaw the possibility of a different kind of world-model, less dependent on the accident of our senses but more in tune with Nature's hidden harmonies, and ultimately more faithful to reality. This is the meaning of... "All things are number."Frank Wilczek, The Lightness of Being (2008)
But voice is a certain sound of that which is animated; for nothing inanimate emits a voice; but they are said to emit a voice from similitude , as a pipe, and a lyre, and such other inanimate things, have extension, modulation , and dialect; for thus it appears, because voice, also, has these.Book II
The nightingale has a lyre of gold, The lark's is a clarion call, And the blackbird plays but a boxwood flute, But I love him best of all. For his song is all the joy of life, And we in the mad spring weather, We two have listened till he sang Our hearts and lips together.W. E. Henley, Echoes. (Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations)
We shall march prospering, not thro' his presence; Songs may inspirit us, not from his lyre; Deeds will be done, while he boasts his quiescence, Still bidding crouch whom the rest bade aspire.Robert Browning: The lost Leader, ii.
O Beer! O Hodgson, Guinness, Allsop, Bass! Names that should be on every infant's tongue! Shall days and months and years and centuries pass, And still your merits be unrecked, unsung? Oh! I have gazed into my foaming glass, And wished that lyre could yet again be strung Which once rang prophet-like through Greece, and taught her Misguided sons that "the best drink was water."charles stuart calverley: Beer, from Verses and Translations (1862).
Timotheus, to his breathing flute, And sounding lyre, Could swell the soul to rage, or kindle soft desire.john dryden: l. 158-159. (Alexander’s Feast (1697))
Am I less man because I believe in a greater man? The barriers of flesh and bone fell down when the Poet of Galilee spoke to me; and I was held by a spirit, and was lifted to the heights, and in midair my wings gathered the song of passion. And when I dismounted from the wind and in the Sanhedrim my pinions were shorn, even then my ribs, my featherless wings, kept and guarded the song. And all the poverties of the lowlands cannot rob me of my treasure. I have said enough. Let the deaf bury the humming of life in their dead ears. I am content with the sound of His lyre, which He held and struck while the hands of His body were nailed and bleeding.khalil gibran: Nicodemus The Poet, The Youngest Of The Elders In The Sanhedrim: On Fools And Jugglers
Hands, that the rod of empire might have swayed, Or waked to ecstasy the living lyre.thomas gray: St. 12. (Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (1750))
Island of grace , of freshness and of joy , Golden Age of children ; always I could find you in my life , a sea of mourning; let your breeze lend me its lyre high and sometimes senseless like the trill of the lark in the white sun of morning. I have never written nor will I ever write anything for children, because I believe the child can read the books that grownups read, with some few exceptions that come to everyone's mind. There are of course exceptions too for men and for women.juan ramón jiménez: "A NOTE TO THOSE GROWNUPS WHO MIGHT READ THIS BOOK TO CHILDREN", as translated by Antonio T. de Nicolas (1985), p. xv
O black and unknown bards of long ago, How came your lips to touch the sacred fire? How, in your darkness, did you come to know The power and beauty of the minstrels' lyre?james weldon johnson: O Black and Unknown Bards, st. 1
When 'Omer smote 'is bloomin' lyre, He'd 'eard men sing by land an' sea; An' what he thought 'e might require, 'E went an' took the same as me!rudyard kipling: When 'Omer Smote 'is Bloomin' Lyre, Stanza 1 (1894).
Then Nature shaped a poet's heart a lyre From out whose chords the lightest breeze that blows Drew trembling music.Emma Lazarus: Chopin, IV
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.edgar allan poe: "Israfel", st. 8 (1831).
Make me thy lyre, even as the forest is: What if my leaves are falling like its own! The tumult of thy mighty harmonies Will take from both a deep, autumnal tone, Sweet though in sadness. Be thou, Spirit fierce, My spirit! Be thou me, impetuous one!Percy Bysshe Shelley: St. V (Ode to the West Wind (1819))