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... and sometimes impaired. He that has light within his own clear breast May sit i'
the centre, and enjoy bright day ; But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts,
SECOND BROTHM!. 1 'Tis most true, That musing meditation most 32 COMUS.
'Tis most true, That musing meditation most affects The pensive secrecy of desert
cell, Far from the cheerful haunt of men and herds, And sits as safe as in a senate
-house ; For who would rob a hermit of his weeds, His few books, or his beads, ...
A Mask John Milton. Or our neglect, we lost her as we came. Ay me unhappy !
then my fears are true. KLDEIt. 43.
Ay me unhappy ! then my fears are true. KLDEIt BUOTHKIi. What fears, good
Thyrsis ? Prythee briefly shew. I'll tell ye; 'tis not vain or fabulous (Though so
esteemed by shallow Ignorance) What the sage poets, taught by the heavenly
And drenches with Elysian dew (List, mortals, if your ears be true) Beds of
hyacinth and roses, Where young Adonis oft reposes, Waxing well of his deep
wound In slumber soft, and on the ground Sadly sits the Assyrian queen ; 53 But
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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.