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May 06 , 2008

The Judgment of Midas


Josephine Preston Peabody is an American writer of verse dramas and of poetry that ranged from precise, ethereal verse to works of social concern. The Greek God Pan, the god of the open air, was a great musician. He played on a pipe of reeds. And the sound of his reed-pipe was so sweet that he grew proud, and believed himself greater than the chief musician of the gods, Apollo, the sun-god. So he challenged great Apollo to make better music than he. Apollo consented to the test, for he wished to punish Pan’s vanity, and they chose the mountain Tmolus for judge, since no one is so old and wise as the hills.When Pan and Apollo came before Tmolus, to play, their followers came with them, to hear, and one of those who came with Pan was a mortal named Midas. Only Midas should decide which sound will be sweeter and more beautiful...

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