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In this edition, arid- in that of Milton's poems in 1645, there was prefixfed'-tQ -,the
Mask the following dedication : — To the Right Honourable Lord John Viscount
Brackly, Sou and Heir Apparent to the Karl of Bridoewater, d-c. My Lord, — This ...
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 in
%\t $tfS0M. The Attendant Spirit, afterwards in the habit of Thyrsis. Comus, with
his crew. The Lady. First Brother. Second Brother. Sabrina, the Nymph. Ije Cjjtef
persons fe^o prestnteb torn — The Lord Braokly. Mr. Thomas Egerton, his Brother
[The Attendant Spirit hahited like a Shepherd.] That halloo I should know ; what
are you ? Speak ! Come not too near ; you fall on iron stakes else. What voice is
that ? My young lord? Speak again. < N ELDER BROTHER. Thyrsis ? whose
... And strangled with her waste fertility ; The earth cumbered, and the winged
airdarked with plumes,35 The herds would over-multitude their lords, The sea o'
erfraught would swell, and the unsought diamond Would so emblaze the
forehead of ...
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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.