... Which men call Earth ; and with low - thoughted care Confined , and pestered
in this pinfold here , Strive to keep up a frail and feverish being , Unmindfull of the
crown that Virtue gives , After this mortal change , to her true servants , Amongst ...
Sweet queen of parley , daughter of the sphere , So mayst thou be translated to
the skies , And give resounding grace to all Heaven ' s harmonies . COMUS . Can
any mortal mixture of earth ' s mould Breathe such divine enchanting ravishment
... And mix no more with goodness ; when at last , Gathered like scum , and
settled to itself , It shall be in eternal restless change , Self - fed , and self -
consumed : 26 if this fail , The pillared firmament 27 is rottenness , And earth ' s
base built on ...
Wherefore did Nature pour her bounties forth With such a full and unwithdrawing
hand , Covering the earth with odours , fruits , and flocks , Thronging the seas
with spawn innumerable , But all to please and sate the curious taste ? And set to
... The earth cumbered , and the winged airdarked with plumes , 35 The herds
would over - multitude their lords , The sea o ' erfraught would swell , and the
unsought diamond Would so emblaze the forehead of the deep , And so bestud
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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.