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%\t $tfS0M. The Attendant Spirit, afterwards in the habit of Thyrsis. Comus, with
his crew. The Lady. First Brother. Second Brother. Sabrina, the Nymph. Ije Cjjtef
persons fe^o prestnteb torn — The Lord Braokly. Mr. Thomas Egerton, his Brother
There is a gentle nymph not far from hence, That with moist curb sways the
smooth Severn stream ,- Sabrina is her name, a virgin pure ; Whilome she was
the daughter of Locrinc,42 That staged her flight with his cross-flowing course.
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.
[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 emerald green, That in the ...
... Next this marble venomed seat, Smeared with gums of glutinous heat, I touch
with chaste palms, moist and cold : Now the spell hath lost his hold ; And I must
haste, ere morning hour, To wait in Amphitrite's bower. [Sabrina descends, 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.