IN THE MUSIC MUSEUM
After the kit and the quinton
and the viola d'amore
is a pear-shaped lute,
a strange lop-sided lute
with two sets of strings
'For the angels to play' you tell me.
The room falls silent
and fills with winter's sunlight,
pale gold, as we imagine
the touch of an angel's fingers.
© Mary Robinson 2012
kit - a miniature fiddle favoured by 18th c. dancing masters
quinton - 18th c. five stringed instrument, part viol, part violin