It is said that Orpheus, could make such lovely songs that the trees would shade him as he sung. Vine and ivy would stretch to be near him. Wild beasts sat peacefully next to him, and woodland gods and nymphs would listen to him, amazed at his voice and beautiful songs.
However, Orpheus had eyes for no one but the nymph, Eurydice. But, on the morning of his bridal day, Eurydice went down to the river and was bitten on the foot by a snake, dying a most horrible death.
Orpheus and the woodland wildlife all mourned for his bride. Orpheus grabbed his lyre and made his way to the underworld. The ferryman and the Cerberus were so enchanted that they stayed still and silent, allowing him to cross into the underworld. As Orpheus entered the land of Hades, ghosts followed after him, listening to his songs.
The hall of Hades opened before Orpheus´ beautiful songs. Hades told Orpheus to ¨ Go back to the light of day.¨ & ¨Go quickly while my monsters are stilled by your songs. The spirit of Eurydice shall follow, but if you look around at her; she will return to me.¨
And with that, Orpheus strode from the halls, the majority of the way back, he was careful not to turn back and look, but he suddenly felt he was running further from his bride and turned around, seeing Eurydice, he was quickly overjoyed and put his arms around her, but she quickly turned into smoke and disappeared. He then became depressed, his despair was so great that he could not sing at all.
Orpheus sat in a hidden place, singing of Eurydice. Women and men couldn't bear any longer. At last, women from Thrace came and killed him.