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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
Wherefore did Nature pour her bounties forth With such a full and unwithdrawing
hand, Covering the earth with odours, fruits, and flocks, Thronging the seas with
spawn innumerable, But all to please and sate the curious taste ? And set to ...
A Mask John Milton. Beauty is Nature's coin, must not be hoarded, But must be
current ; and the sjood thereof Consists in mutual and partaken bliss, Unsavoury
in the enjoyment of itself: If you let slip time, like a neglected rose It.
If you let slip time, like a neglected rose It withers on the stalk with languished
head.30 Beauty is Nature's brag, and must be shown In courts, at feasts, and high
solemnities, Where most may wonder at the workmanship ; It is for homely ...
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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.