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Harp \Harp\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Harped (h[aum]rpt) p. pr. & vb. n. Harping.] [AS. hearpian. See Harp, n.]

  1. To play on the harp.

    I heard the voice of harpers, harping with their harps.
    --Rev. xiv.

  2. 2. To dwell on or recur to a subject tediously or monotonously in speaking or in writing; to refer to something repeatedly or continually; -- usually with on or upon. ``Harpings upon old themes.''
    --W. Irving.

    Harping on what I am, Not what he knew I was.

    To harp on one string, to dwell upon one subject with disagreeable or wearisome persistence. [Colloq.]


Harping \Harp"ing\ (h[aum]rp"[i^]ng), a. Pertaining to the harp; as, harping symphonies.


vb. (present participle of harp English)

Usage examples of "harping".

Yrth harped to me that night so that I would carry the riddle of his harping to you, wherever in the realm you were.

They had transformed the legendary thief into a boar, all but for his ears and eyeteeth and ankles, the last three curses, when a slow, tentative harping rippled across the night, mingling with the river’s murmuring.

He heard again the faint, hesitant harping coming out of the blackness like a mockery of his memories.

The more he played to drown the memory, the more it haunted him: a distant, skilled, beautiful harping, coming from beyond blackness, beyond the smell of water that went nowhere and had gone nowhere for thousands of years.

The deadly, flawless harping that ran always in some dark place beneath his thoughts tangled suddenly with the hesitant, stumbling efforts he had heard the past nights.

I do owe you, if for nothing but your broken harping that brought the Star-Bearer to kneel at your feet.

Then all his thoughts froze into a single memory of a halting harping out of the dark.

And he didn’t keep me there with his harping or his words, but something powerful enough to bind me across all my anger.

He said softly, bitterly, to the floor, “I followed Deth’s harping one night and walked straight into another betrayal.

You track a harpist all the way across the realm to kill him because you hated his harping, but you won’t kill me.

But here you are, harping in this wind that could kill and you aren’t even cold.

And while I travelled with them, I began to hear your harping on the edge of my mind, on the edge of the winds.

It was the same awkward, tentative harping that haunted you down Trader’s Road and drew you into Ghisteslwchlohm’s power.

He wove backwards and forwards, from Trader’s Road to Lungold and Erlenstar Mountain, and the weeks Morgon had spent in the wastes, harping to the winds.

It was the harping out of a long, black night in Erlenstar Mountain, with all its deadly beauty.