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What was that snaky-headed Gorgon shield That wise Minerva wore,
unconquered virgin, Wherewith she freezed her foes to congealed stone, But
rigid looks of chaste austerity, And nohle grace, that dashed brute violence With
... be well dispensed In unsuperfluous even proportion, And she no whit
encumbered with her store ; And then the Giver would be better thanked, His
praise due paid ; for swinish Gluttony Ne'er looks to Heaven amidst his gorgeous
Shepherd, 'tis my office best To help ensnared chastity : Brightest lady, look on
me ; Thus I sprinkle on thy breast Drops, that from my fountain pure I have kept, of
precious cure ; Thrice upon thy finger's tip, Thrice upon thy rubied lip ; Next this ...
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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.