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Orpheus ORPHEUS was the greatest musician of Greek myths The son of the Callliope and Apollo god of music Orphans was given the lyre by Apollo Not only could Orpheus play the lyre he could also sing It was said that when Orphans played and sang he made everything within the sound hearing move The trees and rock moved and his music was so beautiful it tamed wild beasts and the rivers changed course and followed him Orpheus in love with Eurydice On their wedding day Orpheus bride was bite on the ankle by a viper snake and died Orpheus so over come with grief that he vowed to never love another Orpheus to the underworld and begged Hades to let Eurydice return with him to the world Hades was so moved by the music Orpheus he agreed to let Orpheus take Eurydice back with the only condition being could not look at Eurydice until they reached the upperworld They were could finally see the light of the upperworld when Orpheus glanced at Eurydice and suddenly vanished Orpheus lost his love forever because of his lack of faith Orpheus was never happy again on earth He wandered in mourning in the wilderness When he sang and played tears flowed and trees wept The wild nymphs shouted for Orpheus to join them but Orpheus would not The nymphs cried so loudly that they could not hear the music they were mad because Orpheus would not dance with them The nymphs was so angry over Orpheus rejection that ripped Orpheus body apart and threw his body in the river The muses grieved over Orpheus They searched the
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