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... Which men call Earth ; and with low-thoughted care Confined, and pestered in
this pinfold here, Strive to keep up a frail and feverish being, Unmindful1 of the
crown that Virtue gives, After this mortal change, to her true servants, Amongst
... That, like to rich and various gems,3 inlay The unadorned bosom of the deep :
Which he, to grace his tributary gods, By course commits to several government,
And gives them leave to wear their sapphire crowns, And wield their little tridents
... and on the ground Sadly sits the Assyrian queen ; 53 But far above, in
spangled sheen, Celestial Cupid, her famed son, advanced, Holds his clear
Psyche sweet entranced, NOTES. NOTES. Note ', page 3. Unmindful of the crown
78 COM US.
A Mask John Milton. NOTES. NOTES. Note ', page 3. Unmindful of the crown that.
Unmindful of the crown that Virtue gives. The stress is upon this fact : for, though it
may not be a fault in itself to "Strive to keep up a frail and feverish being," yet it
certainly is to strive to koep it up " unmindful," &c. — Newton. P. 3. To lay their just
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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.