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Thus I hurl My dazzling spells into the spongy air, Of power to cheat the eye with
blear illusion, And give it false presentments, lest the place And my quaint habits
breed astonishment, And put the damsel to suspicious flight, Which must not be, ...
Or if they be but false alarms of fear, How bitter is such self-delusion ! I do not
think my sister so to seek, Or so unprincipled in Virtue's book, And the sweet
peace that goodness bosoms ever, As that the single want of light and noise (Not
... the unexempt condition By which all mortal frailty must subsist, Refreshment
after toil, ease after pain, That have been tired all day without repast, And timely
rest have wanted ; but, fair virgin, This will restore all soon. 'T will not, false traitor !
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 ...
What, have you let the false enchanter 'scape ? Oh ! ye mistook, ye should have
snatched his wand, And bound him fast ; without his rod reversed, And backward
mutters of dissevering power, We cannot free the lady that sits here In stony ...
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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.