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Neptune, besides the sway Of every salt flood, and each ebbing stream, Took in
by lot 'twixt high and nether Jove Imperial rule of all the sea-girt isles, That, like to
rich and various gems,3 inlay The unadorned bosom of the deep : Which he, ...
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 ...
... dammed up With black usurping mists, some gentle taper, Though a rush-
candle from the wicker hole Of some clay habitation, visit us With thy long
levelled rule of streaming light, And thou shalt be our star of Arcady, Or Tynan
... the all -worshipped ore, and precious gems, To store her children with : if all
the world Should in a pet of temperance feed on pulse, Drink the clear stream,
and nothing wear but frieze, The All-giver would be unthanked, would be
There is a gentle nymph not far from hence, That with moist curb sways the
smooth Severn stream ,- Sabrina is her name, a virgin pure ; Whilome she was
the daughter of Locrinc,42 That staged her flight with his cross-flowing course.
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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.