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... is sooner found in lowly sheds With smoky rafters, than in tap'stry halls And
courts of princes, where it first was named, And yet is most pretended : in a place
Less warranted than this, or less secure, I cannot be, that I should fear to change
Or 'gainst the rugged bark of some broad elm Leans her unpillowed head, fraught
with sad fears. What if in wild amazement and affright ? Or, while we speak,
within the direful grasp Of savage Hunger, or of savage Heat ? ELDER
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
... And let a single helpless maiden pass Uninjured in this wild surrounding waste
. Of night, or loneliness, it recks me not ; I fear the dread events that dog them
both, Lest some ill-greeting touch attempt the person Of our unowned COMUS.
I do not, brother, Infer, as if I thought my sister's state Secure without all doubt or
controversy ; Yet, where an equal poise of hope and fear Does arbitrate the event
, my nature is That I incline to hope rather than fear, And gladly banish squint ...
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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.