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... lady, hath bereft you thus ? LADY. Dim darkness, and this leafy labyrinth.
COMUS. Could that divide you from near-ushering guides ? They left me weary
on a grassy turf. COMUS. By falsehood, or discourtesy, or why ? To seek 22
To seek i' the valley some cool, friendly spring. COMUS. And left your fair side all
unguarded, lady ? They were but twain, and purposed quick return. COMUS.
Perhaps forestalling night prevented them. LADY. How easy my misfortune is to
I was awe-struck, And, as I passed, I worshipped ; if those you seek, It were a
journey like the path to Heaven, To help you find them. Gentle villager, What
readiest way would bring me to that place ? Due west it rises from this shrubby
I do not think my sister so to seek, Or so unprincipled in Virtue's book, And the
sweet peace that goodness bosoms ever, As that the single want of light and
noise (Not being in danger, as I trust she is not) Could stir the constant mood of
Mercy guard me ! Hence with thy brewed enchantments, foul deceiver ! Hast thou
betrayed my credulous innocence With visored falsehood, and base forgery ?
And wouldst thou seek again to trap me here With liquorish baits fit to ensnare a ...
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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.