regalles, phiphes, dulceriths and halmes

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s40aneditor

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Chinese
Dear Everybody,

Does anybody happen to know what "regalles, "phiphes", "dulceriths", and "halmes" are?
From the context where I read them, they seem to be ancient music instruments. But I can't find out what they are by looking up dictionaries.
 
  • Starfrown

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    English - US
    I believe the OP is reading this. Several of the spellings given are archaic. Here's some assistance for the difficult ones.

    Regalles would be spelled regals today. Information here.

    Phiphes = fifes. For a detailed discussion, read here (tiny print!).

    vyrginalles = virginals. Read here.

    The dulcerith may be the same as, or similar to, the dulce melos--I am not sure however. Read about the little-known dulce melos here.

    I think halmes are the same as shalmeis. In fact, shalmei is derived from the German word halm, meaning straw. See here.
     

    s40aneditor

    New Member
    Chinese
    To:Starfrown
    Yes, they are from The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody.

    And thank you all for the helpful information.:)
     
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