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Oh, welcome, pure-eyed Faith, white-handed Hope, Thou hovering angel girt
with golden wings, And thou unblemished form of chastity ! I see ye visibly, and
now believe That he, the Supreme Good, to whom all things ill Are but as slavish
Some say no evil thing that walks by night, In fog or fire, by lake or moorish fen,
Blue meagre hag, or stubborn unlaid ghost That breaks his magic chains at
curfew time, No goblin, or swart fairy of the mine, Hath hurtful power o'er true
So dear to Heaven is saintly chastity,13 That when a soul is found sincerely so, A
thousand liveried angels lackey her, Driving far off each thing of sin and guilt,
And, in clear dream and solemn vision, Tell her of things that no gross ear can
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 of
men ! that lend their ears To those budge doctors of the Stoic fur, And fetch their ...
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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.