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I must he viewless now. [COMUS enters with a charming rod in one hand, his
glass in the other ; with him a rout of monsters, headed lite sundry sorts of wild
beasts, but otherwise like men and women, their apparel glistering ; they come.
SECOND BROTHER. How charming is divine philosophy ! ie Nor harsh, and
crabbed, as dull fools suppose, But musical as is Apollo's lute, And a perpetual
feast of nectared sweets, Where no crude surfeit reigns. ELDER BROTHER. List,
I had not thought to have unlocked my lips ss In this unhallowed air, but that this
juggler Would think to charm my judgment, as mine eyes, Obtruding false rules
prankt 39 in Reason's garb. I hate when Vice can bolt 40 her arguments, And ...
A nd turns it by degrees to the souVs essence. Milton here somewhat betrays his
materialist tendency. 16 P. 39. How charming is divine philosophy ! This alludes
more particularly to the philosophy of Plato, who went by the surname of divine.
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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.