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... Which men call Earth ; and with low-thoughted care Confined, and pestered in
this pinfold here, Strive to keep up a frail and feverish being, Unmindful1 of the
crown that Virtue gives, After this mortal change, to her true servants, Amongst
A Mask John Milton. r My best guide now : methought it was the sound. LADY.
This way the noise was, if mine ear he true, Can any mortal mixture of earth's
mould Breathe such divine. 15.
... 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, ...
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
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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.