The legend of Pan tells of a god born with goat legs and feet,
Pan became especially enamoured of a water nymph, or naiad, named
Syrinx comes from a Greek word, meaning "tube". The English word syringe, shares the same origin. In Romania, where the pan flute is the national instrument, it is called, "nai". Many artists and poets have been inspired by this story. Robert Frost wrote a short poem about Pan, "Pan With Us" and Bliss Carman wrote an entire book, "The Pipes of Pan", as well as several shorter poems. Robert Louis Stevenson wrote an essay, "Pan's Pipes", in which he examines the meaning of the story.
Part of this meaning is that Pan, hurt and saddened by the loss of Syrinx, was able to create what&127;&127;&127; would heal him of his sorrow.