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My sister is not so defenceless left As you imagine : she has a hidden strength
Which you remember not. SECOND BKOTHER. What hidden strength, Unless
the strength of Heaven, if you mean that ? ELDEIt DROTHEn. I mean that too ; but
Till now that this extremity compelled : But now I find it true ; for by this means I
knew the foul enchanter, though disguised, Entered the very lime-twigs of his
spells, And yet came off : if you have this about you, (As I will give you when we
... can bolt 40 her arguments, And Virtue has no tongue to check her pride.
Impostor, do not charge most innocent Nature, As if she would her children
should be riotous With her abundance ; she, good cateress, Means her provision
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 ...
... the lady that sits here In stony fetters fixed, and motionless : Yet stay, be not
disturbed ; now I bethink me, Some other means I have which may be used,
Which once of Melibreus old I learnt, The soothest shepherd that e'er piped on
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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.