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... Who, ripe and frolic of his full-grown age, Roving the Celtic and Iberian fields,4
At last betakes him to this ominous wood ; And, in thick shelter of black shades
embowered, Excels his mother at her mighty art, Offering to every weary traveller
Come, let us our rites begin ; 'Tis only daylight that makes sin, Which these dun
shades will ne'er report. Hail, goddess of nocturnal sport, Dark -veiled Cotytto ! 7
to whom the secret flame Of midnight torches burns ; mysterious dame, That ne'er
Whom certain these rough shades did never breed, Unless the goddess that in
rural shrine Dwell'st here with Pan, or Sylvan ; by blest song Forbidding every
bleak unkindly fog Nay, gentle shepherd, ill is lost that praise That is 20 COMUS.
And disinherit Chaos, that reigns here In douhle night of darkness and of shades
; Or if your influence be quite dammed up With black usurping mists, some gentle
taper, Though a rush-candle from the wicker hole Of some clay habitation, visit ...
... and sandy perilous wilds ; Where, through the sacred rays of chastity, No
savage fierce, bandit, or mountaineer, Will dare to soil her virgin purity : Yea there
, where very Desolation dwells, By grots and caverns shagged with horrid shades
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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.