High in the starry firmament, resonant, hang the strings plucked by gods
And all of Uranus listens to their sacred song.
O! mere mortals cannot hope to touch such strings!
But the echo of the divine unfolds in humankind.
The lyre plays a significant role in ancient mythology. The Greek god Hermes is said to have invented the instrument to repay his brother Apollo for the cattle he had stolen. The ancient lyre is the precursor of many modern stringed and plucked instruments.