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My brothers, when they saw me wearied out With this long way, resolving here to
lodge Under the spreading favour of these pines, Stepped, as they said, to the
next thicket side, To bring me berries, or such cooling fruit As the kind hospitable
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 hit ! COMUS. Imports their loss, beside the present need
Two such I saw, what time the laboured ox In his loose traces from the furrow
came, And the swinkt 10 hedger at his supper sat ; I saw them under a green
mantling vine That crawls along the side of yon small hill, ^ Their port was more
Dingle, or bushy dell of this wild wood, And every bosky 11 bourn from side to
side, My daily walks and ancient neighbourhood ; And if your stray attendants be
yet lodged, Or shroud within these limits, I shall know Ere morrow wake, or the ...
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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.