One of the songs we are currently learning contains the lines ‘sacred nine teach us the mode, sweetest notes to be explored’ and I thought that this was some kind of biblical reference- but no. The sacred nine refers to the Muses of Greek mythology as below.

The Nine Muses

The Nine Muses were Greek goddesses who ruled over the arts and sciences and offered inspiration in those subjects. They were the daughters of Zeus, lord of all gods, and Mnemosyne, who represented memory. Memory was important for the Muses because in ancient times, when there were no books, poets had to carry their work in their memories.(I guess we need her help too!!)



Calliope was the muse of epic poetry.

Clio was the muse of history.

Erato was the muse of love poetry.

Euterpe was the muse of music.

Melpomene was the muse of tragedy.

Polyhymnia was the muse of sacred poetry.

Terpsichore was the muse of dance.

Thalia was the muse of comedy.

Urania was the muse of astronomy

I can’t see those names coming back though, can you?