A Mask John Milton. r My best guide now : methought it was the sound. LADY.
This way the noise was, if mine ear he true, Can any mortal mixture of earth's
mould Breathe such divine. 15.
... resounding grace to all Heaven's harmonies. Sure something holy lodges in
that breast, And with these. Can any mortal mixture of earth's mould Breathe such
divine enchanting ravishment ? To touch the prosperous growth of this tall wood.
... unchaste looks, loose gestures, and foul talk, But most by lewd and lavish act
of sin, Lets in defilement to the inward parts, The soul grows clotted by contagion,
Embodies, and embrutes, till she quite lose The divine property of her first being.
SECOND BROTHER. How charming is divine philosophy ! ie Nor harsh, and
crabbed, as dull fools suppose, But musical as is Apollo's lute, And a perpetual
feast of nectared sweets, Where no crude surfeit reigns. ELDER BROTHER. List,
... tender grass Would sit, and hearken even to ecstasy, And in requital ope his
leathern scrip, And show me simples of a thousand names, Telling their strange
and vigorous faculties : Amongst the rest a small unsightly root, But of divine
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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.