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... 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 (For most do taste through fond intemperate thirst), Soon as COM US.
(For most do taste through fond intemperate thirst), Soon as the potion works,
their human countenance, The express resemblance of the gods, is changed Into
some brutish form of wolf, or bear, Or ounce, or tiger, hog, or bearded goat, ...
Longer I durst not stay, but soon I guessed Ye were the two she meant ; with that I
sprung Into swift flight, till I had found you here, But further know I not. SECOND
BROTHER. O night and shades. How arc ye joined with Hell in triple knot ...
... break his glass, And shed the luscious liquor on the ground, But seize his
wand ; though he and his cursed crew Fierce sign of battle make, and menace
high, Or like the sons of Vulcan vomit smoke, Yet will they soon retire, if he but
... on other terms, Scorning the unexempt condition By which all mortal frailty
must subsist, Refreshment after toil, ease after pain, That have been tired all day
without repast, And timely rest have wanted ; but, fair virgin, This will restore all
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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.