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Although not openly acknowledged by the author, yet it is a legitimate offspring,
so lovely, and so much desired, that the often copying of it hath tired my pen to
give my several friends satisfaction, and brought me to a necessity of producing it
... 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
Therefore when any, favoured of high Jove, ( 'hances to pass through this
adventurous glade, Swift as the sparkle of a glancing star I shoot from heaven, to
give him safe convoy, As now I do ; but first I must put off These my sky robes
spun out ...
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, ...
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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.