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Rigour now is gone to bed, And advice with scrupulous head. Strict age, and sour
severity, With their grave saws in slumber lie We, that are of purer fire, Imitate the
starry quire ; Who, in their nightly watchful spheres, Lead in swift round 10 ...
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
If you let slip time, like a neglected rose It withers on the stalk with languished
head.30 Beauty is Nature's brag, and must be shown In courts, at feasts, and high
solemnities, Where most may wonder at the workmanship ; It is for homely ...
Wherewith she sits on diamond rocks, Sleeking her soft alluring locks ; By all the
nymphs that nightly dance Upon thy streams with wily glance, Sise, rise, and
heave thy rosy head From thy coral-paven bed, And bridle in thy headlong wave,
It withers oh the statk with languished head. Spenser, "Faerie Queene," ii. 12, 75:
— " Gather therefore the rose, whilst yet is prime, For soon comes age, that will
her pride deflower ; Gather the rose of love, whilst yet is time, Whilst loving thou ...
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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.