Saturday, December 02, 2006

Euphêmía the Muse of Poets


Friendly, Mischevious and entirely Obsessed Euphêmía will seek to have Walchelin perform to as large a crowd as can be mustered to enjoy the performance. It is through this performance affecting the audience that she can weave her spells and nurture the fame of Walchelin to work even greater and more wonderful magic. She also takes an interest in those of the crowd, desiring to ensure that they enjoy themselves and spread the word that a performance by Walchelin is truly inspired and leaves you feeling Passionate, Friendly and seeking more.

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,

Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit

Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,

Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

~Omar Khayyám


Euphêmía has been actively inspiring and drawing on poets since Homer composed the Odyssey and the Iliad in Asia Minor. Since that time she has found her way to several poets, no doubt making great poets into magnificent ones. Amongst her other famous charges have been Sappho of Lesbos, the Roman Catullus and most recently the Persian Omar Khayyám. Each she sought to make as magnificent as possible.


Euphêmía is driven by her own obsession to take part in great and original works of music and poetry. It is through these that she can affect her magic and grow in strength and so contribute to that which she is obsessed with. Her obsession is never demanding or forceful, rather she will encourage, direct and support with a light hand – she knows creativity is not at its best when forced. Though good-natured and mischievous manipulation is not something she is adverse to.

Soon they were here, and you, Blest Goddess,

smiling with your immortal features,

asked why I’d called, what was the matter now,

what was my heart insanely craving:

‘Who is it this time I must cozen

to love you, Sappho? Who’s unfair to you?

‘For though she flee, soon she’ll be chasing;

though she refuses gifts, she’ll be giving;

though she love not, she’ll love despite herself.’

Yes, come once more, from sore obsession

free me; all that my heart desires

fulfilled, fulfil – help me to victory!



Euphêmía’s powers are inexorably linked to music and dance, she requires another to perform, to sing and make music for her to affect the crowd and bestow her Faerie blessings. As her charge grows in fame so to does her own strength and she does all in her power to encourage Passion, Goodwill, Beauty and Fertility.

We should live, my Lesbia, and love

And value all the talk of stricter

Old men at a single penny.

Suns can set and rise again;

For us, once our brief light has set,

There’s one unending night for sleeping.

Give me a thousand kisses, then a hundred,

Then another thousand, then a second hundred,

Then still another thousand, then a hundred,

Then, when we’ve made many thousands,

We’ll muddle them so as not to know

Or lest some villain overlook us

Knowing the total of our kisses.


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