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Before the starry threshold of Jove's court My mansion is, where those immortal
shapes Of bright aerial spirits live insphered In regions mild of calm and serene
air, Above the smoke and stir of this dim spot, Which men call Earth ; and with ...
A Mask John Milton. r My best guide now : methought it was the sound. LADY.
This way the noise was, if mine ear he true, Can any mortal mixture of earth's
mould Breathe such divine. 15.
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
... mix no more with goodness ; when at last, Gathered like scum, and settled to
itself, It shall be in eternal restless change, Self-fed, and self-consumed : 26 if this
fail, The pillared firmament 27 is rottenness, And earth's base built on stubble.
Wherefore did Nature pour her bounties forth With such a full and unwithdrawing
hand, Covering the earth with odours, fruits, and flocks, Thronging the seas with
spawn innumerable, But all to please and sate the curious taste ? And set to ...
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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.