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Sweet Echo, sweetest nymph, that liv'st unseen Within thy airy shell,8 By slow
Meander's margent green, And in the violet-embroidered vale, Where the love-
lorn nightingale Nightly to thee her sad song mourneth well ; Canst thou not tell
me of ...
Alas ! good venturous youth, I love thy courage yet, and bold emprise ; But here
thy sword can do thee little stead ; Far other arms, and other weapons, must Be
those that quell the might of hellish charms : He with his bare wand can unthread
Thyrsis, lead on apace, I '11 follow thee ; And some good angel bear a shield
before us ! The scene cluinges to a stately palace, set out with all manner of
deliciousness ; soft music, tables spread icith all dainties, CoMUS appears with
See Neirton. 18 P. 42. To tell thee sadly.}— Soberly, truly. ls P. 44. Within the
navel.]— Depth, middle. 20 P. 45. Charactered in the face. Both Spenser and
Shakspeare use this word with the same accent as Milton has done here. 21 P.
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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.