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Hut that by quick command from sovran Jove I was despatched for their defence
and guard : And listen why ; for I will tell you now What never yet was heard in
tale or song. From old or modern bard, in hall or bower. Bacchus, that first from
This is the place, as well as I may guess, Whence even now the tumult of loud
mirth Was rife, and perfect in my listening ear ; Yet nought but single darkness do
I find. What might this be ? A thousand fantasies Begin to throng into my memory,
A Mask John Milton. To aid a virgin, such as was herself, In hard-besetting need :
this will I try, And add the power of some adjuring verse. Sony. Sabrina fair, Listen
where thou art sitting Under the. 67.
Listen, and save. [Sabrina rises, attended by water- nymphs, and sings.] By the
rushy -fringed bank, Where grows the willow and the osier dank, My sliding
chariot stays, Thick set with ajrate, and the azure sheen Of turkis blue, and
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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.