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... That to the service of this house belongs, Who, with his soft pipe and smooth-
dittied song, Well knows to still the wild winds when they roar, And hush the
waving woods ; nor of less faith, And in this office of his mountain Watch, Likeliest
, and ...
I must he viewless now. [COMUS enters with a charming rod in one hand, his
glass in the other ; with him a rout of monsters, headed lite sundry sorts of wild
beasts, but otherwise like men and women, their apparel glistering ; they come.
Due west it rises from this shrubby point. To find out that, good shepherd, I
suppose, In such a scant allowance of star-light, Would overtask the best land-
pilot's art, Without the sure guess of well- practised feet. Dingle, or bushy dell of
this wild ...
Dingle, or bushy dell of this wild wood, And every bosky 11 bourn from side to
side, My daily walks and ancient neighbourhood ; And if your stray attendants be
yet lodged, Or shroud within these limits, I shall know Ere morrow wake, or the ...
Or 'gainst the rugged bark of some broad elm Leans her unpillowed head, fraught
with sad fears. What if in wild amazement and affright ? Or, while we speak,
within the direful grasp Of savage Hunger, or of savage Heat ? ELDER
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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.