... That, like to rich and various gems,3 inlay The unadorned bosom of the deep :
Which he, to grace his tributary gods, By course commits to several government,
And gives them leave to wear their sapphire crowns, And wield their little tridents
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. Sure something
holy lodges in that breast, And with these. Can any mortal mixture of earth's
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
8, 29 : — " See how the Heavens, of voluntary grace, And sovereign favour
towards chastity, Do succour send to her distressed case : So much high God
doth innocence embrace."— Thyer. 14 P. 38. The unpolluted temple of the mind.
Jonson had learned much from the ancients, but there was a grace in their best
models which he did not quite attain. Neither his ' Sad Shepherd, nor the ' Faithful
Shepherdess ' of Fletcher, have the elegance or dignity of ' Comus.' A noble ...
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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.