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Hermes took a seat next to the guardian Argus and started to play his flute. Argus asked his companion about the origin of this instrument. "I like to tell you this", Hermes said, "if so late at night you still have enough patience and attention to listen to me. In the snowy mountains of Arcadian once lived a well-known Hama- dryad (tree-nymph), called Syrinx. The gods of the for- est and Satyrn, enchanted by her beauty, had been fol- lowing her with their courtship, but she knew how to escape them continuously. As she shied the yoke of an engagement and wanted, girded and enjoying hunting like Artemis, stay single like her. Finally, the powerful god Pan met the nymph on his expeditions into the for- est, approached and courted her passionately with his haughtiness.

But the nymph disdained him and fled through impassable prairies until she ended up at the bank of an idle silted river called Ladon, but whose waves were still big enough to prevent the virgin from crossing. Here she conjured her tutelary goddess Artemis, to have mercy upon her and to transform her before she falls into the hands of the god. Meanwhile the god came flying there and embraced the hesitating nymph who was standing at the shore, but how was he surprised, when he suddenly held a reed in his arms; his loud sighs multiplied in the reed and repeated with a low, rustling swish.



 
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