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River Reed (Syrinx)

Pan returning from Mount Lycaeus, crowned with his wreath of pine, saw Syrinx once and said - but what he said remained to tell, and how the scornful Nympha fled through the wilderness and came at last to Ladon’s peaceful sandy stream, and there, her flight barred by the river, begged her Sorores Liquidae (Watery Sisters) to change her; and, when Pan thought he had captured her, he held instead only the tall marsh reeds, and, while he sighed, the soft wind stirring in the reeds sent forth a thin and plaintive sound; and he, entranced by this new music and its witching tones, cried `You and I shall stay in unison!’ And waxed together reeds of different lengths and made the pipes that keep his darling’s name. Cited from: Ovid, Metamorphoses 1.689
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