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Bacchus, that first from out the purple grape Crushed the sweet poison of
misused wine, After the Tuscan mariners transformed, Coasting the Tyrrhene
shore, as the winds listed, On Circe's island fell (who knows not Circe, The
daughter of the ...
... 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 ...
... flight, Which must not be, for that's against my course : I, under fair pretence of
friendly ends, And well-placed words of glozing courtesy, Baited with reasons not
unplausible, Wind me into the easy-hearted man, And hug him into snares.
... about the golden tree : Along the crisped shades and bowers Revels the
spruce and jocund Spring, The Graces, and the rosy-bosomed Hours, Thither all
their bounties bring : There eternal Summer dwells, And west winds, with musky
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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.