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... Where, with her best nurse, Contemplation, She plumes her feathers, and lets
grow her wings, That in the various bustle of resort Were all too ruffled, and
sometimes impaired. He that has light within his own clear breast May sit i' the
'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, ...
... he on the tender grass Would sit, and hearken even to ecstasy, And in requital
ope his leathern scrip, And show me simples of a thousand names, Telling their
strange and vigorous faculties : Amongst the rest a small unsightly root, But of ...
... of deliciousness ; soft music, tables spread icith all dainties, CoMUS appears
with his rabble, and Ike Lady set in an enchanted chair, to whom he offers his
glass, which she puts hi/, and ijoes about to rise.] COMU8. Nay, lady, sit ; if I but
Nay, lady, sit ; if I but wave this wand, Your nerves are all chained up in alabaster,
And you a statue, or, as Daphne was, Koot-bound, that fled Apollo. Fool ! do not
boast ; Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind With all thy charms, ...
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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.