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Therefore when any, favoured of high Jove, ( 'hances to pass through this
adventurous glade, Swift as the sparkle of a glancing star I shoot from heaven, to
give him safe convoy, As now I do ; but first I must put off These my sky robes
spun out ...
... be yet lodged, Or shroud within these limits, I shall know Ere morrow wake, or
the low-roosted lark From her thatched pallet rouse : if otherwise, I can conduct
you, lady, to a low But loyal cottage, where you may be safe Till further quest.
'Tis most true, That musing meditation most affects The pensive secrecy of desert
cell, Far from the cheerful haunt of men and herds, And sits as safe as in a senate
-house ; For who would rob a hermit of his weeds, His few books, or his beads, ...
... fair virgin, This will restore all soon. 'T will not, false traitor ! 'T will not restore
the truth and honesty That thou hast banished from thy tongue with lies. Was this
the cottage, and the safe abode, Thou told'st mc of? What grim aspects arc these,
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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.