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"50                      CURIOSITIES OF MUSIC.
are as follows:—Kinnor, usually mentioned in the English translation as a harp, so often alluded to in the Psalms, (" Praise the Lord with harp," etc., xxxiii:2,) was probably a lyre, or a small harp, of triangular shape: that the Hebrews pos­sessed a larger harp is more than probable, for they were in communication with Assyria and Egypt, where the harp, in a highly developed state, was the national instrument, but it is a matter of much dispute, as to which of the musical terms used in the Scriptures was intended to apply to this larger harp.
The Nebel, or Psaltery, was a species of Dulci­mer.
The Asor;—When David sang of an "instru­ment of ten strings," he referred to the asor, which is supposed to have been a species of lyre, with ten strings, and played with a plectrum, a short stick of wood, or bone, usually black, with which the strings were struck.
The Timbrel or Taboret, was a small hand drum, or tambourine, probably of varying shapes and sizes; the hand drum was derived from Egypt, for it was customary for women to dance in that country entirely to the rhythm of drums and tambourines; the military hand drum had the shape of a small keg with parchment over the ends; that is to say, the diameter at the middle was greatest.
The Organ;—as before stated this was simply a set of pandean pipes.

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