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... 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 the enthroned gods on sainted
... 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
(For most do taste through fond intemperate thirst), Soon as the potion works,
their human countenance, The express resemblance of the gods, is changed Into
some brutish form of wolf, or bear, Or ounce, or tiger, hog, or bearded goat, ...
And thank the gods amiss. I should be loth To meet the rudeness and swilled
insolence Of such late wassailers ; yet oh ! where else Shall I inform my
unacquainted feet In the blind mazes of this tangled wood ? My brothers, when
they saw me ...
Wherewith she tamed the hrinded lioness And spotted mountain pard, but set at
nought The frivolous bolt of Cupid ; gods and men Feared her stern frown, and
she was queen o' the woods. What was that snaky-headed Gorgon shield That ...
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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.