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Live, sweet lord, to be the honour of your name, and receive this as your own,
from the hands of him who hath by many favours been long obliged to your most
honoured parents, and as in this representation your attendant Thyrsis, so now in
... her true servants, Amongst the enthroned gods on sainted seats. Yet some
there be, that by due steps aspire To lay their just hands on that golden key,2
That opes the palace of eternity : To such my errand is ; and but for such, 3
C O M U S. .
I must he viewless now. [COMUS enters with a charming rod in one hand, his
glass in the other ; with him a rout of monsters, headed lite sundry sorts of wild
beasts, but otherwise like men and women, their apparel glistering ; they come.
wise like men and women, their apparel glistering ; they come in making a riotous
and unruly noise, with tJteir torches in their hands.] COMUS. The star that hids
the shepherd fold, Now the top of heaven doth hold ; And the gilded car of day ...
A Mask John Milton. Come, knit hands, and beat the ground, In a light fantastic
round. The Measure. Break off, break off, I feel the different pace Of some chaste
footing near about this ground.
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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.