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... 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
Their merry wakes and pastimes keep ; What hath night to do with sleep ? Night
hath better sweets to prove, Venus now wakes, and wakens Love. Come, let us
our rites begin ; 'Tis only daylight that makes sin, Which these dun shades will ...
... golden wings, And thou unblemished form of chastity ! I see ye visibly, and now
believe That he, the Supreme Good, to whom all things ill Are but as slavish
officers of vengeance, Would send a glistering guardian, if need were, To keep
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Would send a glistering guardian, if need were, To keep my life and honour
unassailed. Was I deceived, or did a sable cloud Turn forth her silver lining on the
night ? I did not err ; there does a sable cloud Turn forth her silver lining on the
Heaven keep my sister ! Again, again, and near; Best draw and stand upon our
guard. ELDER BHOTHEB. I'll halloo; If he be friendly, he comes well ; if not,
Defence is a good cause, and Heaven be for us. [The Attendant Spirit hahited like
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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.