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... 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 . COMUS . Oh ,
foolishness of men ! that lend their ears To those budge doctors of the Stoic fur ,
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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.