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Therefore when any, favoured of high Jove, ( 'hances to pass through this
adventurous glade, Swift as the sparkle of a glancing star I shoot from heaven, to
give him safe convoy, As now I do ; but first I must put off These my sky robes
spun out ...
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 ...
Why shouldst thou, hut for some felonious end, In thy dark lanthom thus close up
the stars That Nature hung in heaven, and filled their lamps With everlasting oil,
to give due light To the misled and lonely traveller ? This is the place, as well as I
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.
... or less secure, I cannot be, that I should fear to change it. Eye me, blest
Providence, and square my trial To my proportioned strength ! Shepherd, lead on
. [The two Buotheks.] ELDER BROTHER. Unmuffle, ye faint stars; and 28 COMUS
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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.