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Thus I hurl My dazzling spells into the spongy air, Of power to cheat the eye with
blear illusion, And give it false presentments, lest the place And my quaint habits
breed astonishment, And put the damsel to suspicious flight, Which must not be, ...
He ami his monstrous rout are heard to howl Like stabled wolves, or tigers at their
prey, Doing abhorred rites to Hecate In their obscured haunts of inmost bowers.
Yet have they many baits and guileful spells To inveigle and invite the unwary ...
Till now that this extremity compelled : But now I find it true ; for by this means I
knew the foul enchanter, though disguised, Entered the very lime-twigs of his
spells, And yet came off : if you have this about you, (As I will give you when we
... Thrice upon thy rubied lip ; Next this marble venomed seat, Smeared with
gums of glutinous heat, I touch with chaste palms, moist and cold : Now the spell
hath lost his hold ; And I must haste, ere morning hour, To wait in Amphitrite's
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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.