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When once her eye Hath met the virtue of this magic dust, I shall appear some
harmless villager, Whom thrift keeps up about his country gear. But here she
comes ; I fairly step aside, And hearken, if I may, her business here. [The Lady
And left your fair side all unguarded, lady ? They were but twain, and purposed
quick return. COMUS. Perhaps forestalling night prevented them. LADY. How
easy my misfortune is to hit ! COMUS. Imports their loss, beside the present need
Too well I did perceive it was the voice Of my most honoured lady, your dear
sister. Amazed I stood, harrowed with grief and fear : And oh, poor hapless
nightingale, thought I, How sweet thou sing'st, how near the deadly snare ! Then
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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.