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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 ...
BEFORE the starry threshold of Jove ' s court My mansion is , where those
immortal shapes Of bright a๋rial spirits live insphered In regions mild of calm and
serene air , Above the smoke and stir of this dim spot , Which men call Earth ; and
Their port was more than human , as they stood ; I took it for a fairy vision Of some
gay creatures of the element , That in the colours of the rainbow live , And play i '
the plighted clouds . I was awe - struck , And , as I passed , I worshipped ; if ...
... and nothing wear but frieze , The All - giver would be unthanked , would be
unpraised , Not half his riches known , and yet despised ; And we should serve
him as a grudging master , As a penurious niggard of his wealth , And live like
With her abundance ; she , good cateress , Means her provision only to the good
, That live according to her sober laws , And holy dictate of spare Temperance : If
every just man , that now pines with want , Had but a moderate and beseeming ...
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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.