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7 to whom the secret flame Of midnight torches burns ; mysterious dame, That ne'
er art called, but when the dragon womb Of Stygian darkness spets her thickest
gloom, And makes one blot of all the air ; Stay thy cloudy ebon chair, Wherein ...
... yet more med'cinal is it than that moly 31 That Hermes once to wise Ulysses
gave ; He called it hremony, and gave it me, And bade me keep it as of sovran
use 'Gainst all enchantments, mildew, blast, or damp, Or ghastly furies' apparition
... wherein Locrine, shot with an arrow, ends his life. But not so ends the fury of
Guendolen, for Estrildis and her daughter Sabrina she throws into a river ; and, to
leave a monument of revenge, proclaims that the stream be thenceforth called ...
A paraphrase of Ariel's song in the " Tempest : " — " Where the bee sucks, there
lurk I." " P. 78. Purfled.] — Flourished, embroidered with the needle. 53 P. 78.
Sadly sits the Assyrian queen. Venus, so called, because she was first
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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.