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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, ...
Their port was more than human, as t hoy stood ; I took it for a fairy vision Of some
gay creatures of the element, That in the colours of the rainbow live, And play i'
the plighted clouds. I was awe-struck, And, as I passed, I worshipped ; if those ...
... respite to the drowsy-flighted -2 steeds That draw the litter of close-curtained
sleep ; At last a soft and solemn-breathing sound 23 Rose like a steam of rich
distilled perfumes, And stole upon the air, that even Silence Was took 46 Com US
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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.