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They left me then, when the grey-hooded even, Like a sad votarist in palmer's
weed, Rose from the hindmost wheels of Phoebus' wain. But where they are, and
why they came not back, Is now the labour of my thoughts ; 'tis likeliest They had
... Till an unusual stop of sudden silence Gave respite to the drowsy-flighted -2
steeds That draw the litter of close-curtained sleep ; At last a soft and solemn-
breathing sound 23 Rose like a steam of rich distilled perfumes, And stole upon
the air ...
A Mask John Milton. Beauty is Nature's coin, must not be hoarded, But must be
current ; and the sjood thereof Consists in mutual and partaken bliss, Unsavoury
in the enjoyment of itself: If you let slip time, like a neglected rose It.
If you let slip time, like a neglected rose It withers on the stalk with languished
head.30 Beauty is Nature's brag, and must be shown In courts, at feasts, and high
solemnities, Where most may wonder at the workmanship ; It is for homely ...
And drenches with Elysian dew (List, mortals, if your ears be true) Beds of
hyacinth and roses, Where young Adonis oft reposes, Waxing well of his deep
wound In slumber soft, and on the ground Sadly sits the Assyrian queen ; 53 But
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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.