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The star that hids the shepherd fold, Now the top of heaven doth hold ; And the
gilded car of day His glowing axle doth allay In the steep Atlantic stream ; And the
slope sun his upward beam Shoots against the dusky pole, Pacing toward the ...
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.
Nay, gentle shepherd, ill is lost that praise That is addressed to unattending ears ;
Not any boast of skill, hut extreme shift How to regain my severed company,
Compelled me to awake the courteous Echo To give me answer from her mossy
To find out that, good shepherd, I suppose, In such a scant allowance of star-light,
Would overtask the best land-pilot's art, Without the sure guess of well- practised
feet. Dingle, or bushy dell of this wild wood, And every 26 COMUS.
Shepherd, I take thy word, And trust thy honest-offered courtesy, Which oft is
sooner found in lowly sheds With smoky rafters, than in tap'stry halls And courts
of princes, where it first was named, And yet is most pretended : in a place Less ...
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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.