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... Amidst the flowery-kirtled Naiades Culling their potent herbs and baleful drugs,
Who, as they sung, would take the prisoned soul And lap it in Elysium : Scylla
wept,9 And chid her barking waves into attention, And fell Charybdis murmured ...
... of deliciousness ; soft music, tables spread icith all dainties, CoMUS appears
with his rabble, and Ike Lady set in an enchanted chair, to whom he offers his
glass, which she puts hi/, and ijoes about to rise.] COMU8. Nay, lady, sit ; if I but
Nay, lady, sit ; if I but wave this wand, Your nerves are all chained up in alabaster,
And you a statue, or, as Daphne was, Koot-bound, that fled Apollo. Fool ! do not
boast ; Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind With all thy charms, ...
Wherewith she sits on diamond rocks, Sleeking her soft alluring locks ; By all the
nymphs that nightly dance Upon thy streams with wily glance, Sise, rise, and
heave thy rosy head From thy coral-paven bed, And bridle in thy headlong wave,
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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.