Milton. Comus (taken from 'The English poems of John Milton', ed. by R.C. Browne).

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Page 4 - Rough Satyrs danc'd, and Fauns with clov'n heel From the glad sound would not be absent long, 35 And old Damoetas lov'd to hear our song. But O the heavy change, now thou art gone, Now thou art gone, and never must return ! Thee shepherd, thee the woods, and desert caves,
Page 6 - sheep look up, and are not fed, 125 But swoln with wind, and the rank mist they draw, Rot inwardly, and foul contagion spread: Besides what the grim wolf with privy paw ^ Daily devours apace, and nothing sed; But that two-handed engine at the door
Page 3 - yclep'd Euphrosyne, And by men, heart-easing Mirth; Whom lovely Venus at a birth* With two sister Graces more 15 To ivy-crowned Bacchus bore; Or whether (as some sager sing) The frolic wind that breathes the spring, Zephyr with Aurora playing, As he met her once a-Maying, There on beds of violets blue, And fresh-blown roses washt in dew,
Page 4 - wiles, Nods, and becks, and wreathed smiles, Such as hang on Hebe's cheek, And love to live in dimple sleek; 30 Sport that wrinkled Care derides, And Laughter holding both his sides. Come, and trip it as ye go
Page 6 - Are at their savoury dinner set Of herbs, and other country messes, 85 Which the neat-handed Phillis dresses; And then in haste her bower she leaves, With Thestylis to bind the sheaves; Or if the earlier season lead To the tann'd haycock in the mead. 90 Sometimes with secure
Page 35 - The Graces, and the rosy-bosom'd Hours, Thither all their bounties bring, That there eternal summer dwells; And west winds, with musky wing About the cedarn alleys fling 990 Nard, and Cassia's balmy smells. Iris there with humid bow, Waters the odorous banks that blow Flowers of more mingled hue Than her purfl'd scarf can shew;
Page 14 - harmonies. Comus. Can any mortal mixture of earth's mould Breathe such divine enchanting ravishment? 245 Sure something holy lodges in that breast, And with these raptures moves the vocal air To testify his hidd'n residence; How sweetly did they float upon the wings Of silence, through the empty-vaulted night
Page 4 - Or frost to flowers, that their gay wardrobe wear, When first the white-thorn blows; Such, Lycidas, thy loss to shepherd's ear. Where were ye, Nymphs, when the remorseless deep Clos'd o'er the head of your lov'd Lycidas? 51 For neither were ye playing on the steep,
Page 7 - and feast, and revelry, With mask, and antique pageantry; Such sights as youthful poets dream On summer eves by haunted stream. 130 Then to the well-trod stage anon, If Jonson's learned sock be on, Or sweetest Shakespear, Fancy's
Page 47 - Spenser, in his Hymn of Beauty, maintains that ' Of the soul the bodie form doth take; For soul is form, and doth the body make. 1. 478. Cp. ' As sweet and musical, As bright Apollo's lute, strung with his hair.' (Love's Labour's Lost, iv. 3.) 1. 483.

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