- The cithern lay unmolested on the couch, the rich curtains were drawn; everything was as he had left it last- everything, but the pretty pink figure, with drooping eyes, and pearls in the waves of her rich, black hair. - "The Midnight Queen", May Agnes Fleming.
- He writes light poetry and fashionable letters, strums on the cithern, and pretends to draw with crayon. - "The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Book XI.", Jean Jacques Rousseau.
- Immediately a prelude of pipe, cithern, and viol, touched with practised minstrelsy, began to play from a neighboring thicket, in such a mirthful cadence that the boughs of the Maypole quivered to the sound. - "From-Twice-Told-Tales", Hawthorne, Nathaniel.