Hymen or Hymeneus, in Grecian mythology, is the god of marriage. Originally the word seems to have denoted only the bridal song of the companions of the bride sung by them as she went from her father's house to that of the bridegroom. The god Hymen is first mentioned by Sappho. "The legends concerning him are various; but he is generally said to be a son of Apollo and some one of the Muses. He is represented as a boy with wings and a garland, a bigger and graver Cupid, with a bridal-torch and a veil in his hands." — Chambers, Encyclop. 5, 494.