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Run to your shrouds , within these brakes and trees ; Our number may affright :
some virgin sure ( For so I can distinguish by mine art ) Benighted in these woods
. Now to my charms , And to my wily trains : I shall , ere long , Be well stocked ...
But oh , that hapless virgin , our lost sister ! Where may she wander now ?
whither betake her From the chill dew , amongst rude burs and thistles ? Perhaps
some cold bank is her bolster now ; Or ' gainst the rugged bark of some broad
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... bandit , or mountaineer , Will dare to soil her virgin purity : Yea there , where
very Desolation dwells , By grots and caverns shagged with horrid shades , She
may pass on with unblenched majesty , Be it not done in pride or in presumption .
What was that snaky - headed Gorgon shield That wise Minerva wore ,
unconquered virgin , Wherewith she freezed her foes to congealed stone , But
rigid looks of chaste austerity , And noble grace , that dashed brute violence With
... till I had found you here , But further know I not . SECOND BROTHER . O night
and shades , How are ye joined with Hell in triple knot Against the unarmed
weakness of one virgin SA ELDER BROTHER . Yes , and keep it still 43 COMUS
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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.