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I must he viewless now. [COMUS enters with a charming rod in one hand, his
glass in the other ; with him a rout of monsters, headed lite sundry sorts of wild
beasts, but otherwise like men and women, their apparel glistering ; they come.
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 ...
Come, let us our rites begin ; 'Tis only daylight that makes sin, Which these dun
shades will ne'er report. Hail, goddess of nocturnal sport, Dark -veiled Cotytto ! 7
to whom the secret flame Of midnight torches burns ; mysterious dame, That ne'er
A Mask John Milton. Come, knit hands, and beat the ground, In a light fantastic
round. The Measure. Break off, break off, I feel the different pace Of some chaste
footing near about this ground.
When once her eye Hath met the virtue of this magic dust, I shall appear some
harmless villager, Whom thrift keeps up about his country gear. But here she
comes ; I fairly step aside, And hearken, if I may, her business here. [The Lady
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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.