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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.
A Mask John Milton. His orient liquor in a crystal glass, To quench the drouth of
Phoebus : which, as they taste LADY. This way the noise was, if mine ear he.
(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, ...
Were it a draught for Juno when she banquets, I would not taste thy treasonous
offer. None But such as are good men can give good things ; And that which is
not good, is not delicious To a well-governed and wise appetite. Oh, foolishness
Be wise, and taste. The Brothers rush in with swords drawn, wrest his glass out of
his hand, and break it against the ground : his rout make sign of resistance, but
are all driven in. The Attendant Spirit comes iť.] What, have you let the false ...
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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.