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Bacchus, that first from out the purple grape Crushed the sweet poison of
misused wine, After the Tuscan mariners transformed, Coasting the Tyrrhene
shore, as the winds listed, On Circe's island fell (who knows not Circe, The
daughter of the ...
... nightingale Nightly to thee her sad song mourneth well ; Canst thou not tell me
of a gentle pair That likest thy Narcissus are ? Oh ! if thou have Hid them in some
flowery cave, Tell me but where, Sweet queen of parley, daughter of the sphere, ...
Sweet queen of parley, daughter of the sphere, So mayst thou be translated to
the skies, And give resounding grace to all Heaven's harmonies. Sure something
holy lodges in that breast, And with these. Can any mortal mixture of earth's
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.
... 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 the Lady rises out of her seat.] . Virgin, daughter ot
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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.