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wise like men and women, their apparel glistering ; they come in making a riotous
and unruly noise, with tJteir torches in their hands.] COMUS. The star that hids
the shepherd fold, Now the top of heaven doth hold ; And the gilded car of day ...
... the hrinded lioness And spotted mountain pard, but set at nought The frivolous
bolt of Cupid ; gods and men Feared her stern frown, and she was queen o' the
woods. What was that snaky-headed Gorgon shield That wise Minerva wore,. 37.
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 nohle grace, that dashed brute violence With
... yet more med'cinal is it than that moly 31 That Hermes once to wise Ulysses
gave ; He called it hremony, and gave it me, And bade me keep it as of sovran
use 'Gainst all enchantments, mildew, blast, or damp, Or ghastly furies' apparition
None But such as are good men can give good things ; And that which is not
good, is not delicious To a well-governed and wise appetite. Oh, foolishness of
men ! that lend their ears To those budge doctors of the Stoic fur, And fetch their ...
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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.