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Therefore when any, favoured of high Jove, ( 'hances to pass through this
adventurous glade, Swift as the sparkle of a glancing star I shoot from heaven, to
give him safe convoy, As now I do ; but first I must put off These my sky robes
spun out ...
The star that hids the shepherd fold, Now the top of heaven doth hold ; And the
gilded car of day His glowing axle doth allay In the steep Atlantic stream ; And the
slope sun his upward beam Shoots against the dusky pole, Pacing toward the ...
Why shouldst thou, hut for some felonious end, In thy dark lanthom thus close up
the stars That Nature hung in heaven, and filled their lamps With everlasting oil,
to give due light To the misled and lonely traveller ? This is the place, as well as I
Sweet queen of parley, daughter of the sphere, So mayst thou be translated to
the skies, And give resounding grace to all Heaven's harmonies. Sure something
holy lodges in that breast, And with these. Can any mortal mixture of earth's
I was awe-struck, And, as I passed, I worshipped ; if those you seek, It were a
journey like the path to Heaven, To help you find them. Gentle villager, What
readiest way would bring me to that place ? Due west it rises from this shrubby
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I much prefer John Kinsella's updated version 'A Dialogic Mask' which, rather engagingly, includes John Milton's original in a beautifully produced hardback. Comus is available from Arc Publications.