In the halls of Olympus the Muses sing. Nine daughters of the mighty Zeus ... They walk alongside the greatest, and most well-loved Princes. They pour dew, sweeter than honey, upon his tongue, And soothing words flow from his mouth.
- Hesiod, Theogony
Sir, as concerning some entertainment of time ... to be rendered by our assistants, at the king's command, and this most gallant, illustrate, and learned gentleman, before the princess; I say none so fit as to present the Nine Worthies.
- Shakespeare, Love's Labours Lost