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Fool ! do not boast ; Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind With all thy
charms, although this corporal rind Thou hast immanaclcd, while Heaven sees
good. Why are you vexed, lady ? why do you frown '! Ilert dwell no frowns, nor
... fair virgin, This will restore all soon. 'T will not, false traitor ! 'T will not restore
the truth and honesty That thou hast banished from thy tongue with lies. Was this
the cottage, and the safe abode, Thou told'st mc of? What grim aspects arc these,
Thou told'st mc of? What grim aspects arc these, These ugly-headed monsters?
Mercy guard me ! Hence with thy brewed enchantments, foul deceiver ! Hast thou
betrayed my credulous innocence With visored falsehood, and base forgery ?
Or have I said enough ? To him that dares Arm his profane tongue with
contemptuous words Against the sun-clad power of chastity, Fain would I
something say, yet to what end ? Thou hast nor ear, nor soul, to apprehend The
sublime notion, ...
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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.