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A Mask John Milton. Come, knit hands, and beat the ground, In a light fantastic
round. The Measure. Break off, break off, I feel the different pace Of some chaste
footing near about this ground.
Some say no evil thing that walks by night, In fog or fire, by lake or moorish fen,
Blue meagre hag, or stubborn unlaid ghost That breaks his magic chains at
curfew time, No goblin, or swart fairy of the mine, Hath hurtful power o'er true
ELDER BROTHER. List, list ! I hear Some far-off halloo break the silent air.
SECOND BROTHER. Methought so too ; what should it be ? ELDER BROTHER.
For certain Either some one like ns night-foundered here, Or else some 39
... Where if he be, with dauntless hardihood, And brandished blade, rush on him ;
break his glass, And shed the luscious liquor on the ground, But seize his wand ;
though he and his cursed crew Fierce sign of battle make, and menace high, ...
The Brothers rush in with swords drawn, wrest his glass out of his hand, and
break it against the ground : his rout make sign of resistance, but are all driven in.
The Attendant Spirit comes iť.] What, have you let the false enchanter 'scape ?
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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.