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In this edition , and in that of Milton ' s poems in 1645 , there was prefixed to the
Mask the following dedication :To the Right HONOURABLE LORD JOHN
VISCOUNT BRACKLY , Son and Heir Apparent to the Earl of BRIDGEWATER ,
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 ...
Comus , with his crew . THE LADY . FIRST BROTHER . SECOND BROTHER .
SABRINA , the Nymph . The Chief Persons bobo presented wereTHE LORD
BRACKLY . MR . THOMAS EGERTON , his Brother . THE LADY ALICE
That halloo I should know ; what are you ? Speak ! Come not too near ; you fall
on iron stakes else . SPIRIT . What voice is that ? My young lord ? Speak again .
SECOND BROTHER . ELDER BROTHER . Thyrsis ? whose artful 40 COMUS .
... 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 the deep , And so bestud
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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.