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V. 409. Secure without all doubt or question: no,
I could be willing, though now i'th'darke, to trie
But where an equal poise of hope and fear.
And may on every needfull accident,
Shall dare to foile her virgin puritie.
Blue wrinckled hag, or ftubborne unlaid ghoft.
Hovering, and fitting by a newe-made grave.
553• Drowsy flighied steeds. V. 563. Too well I might perceive. V.574. The helplesse innocent lady.
V. 605. Harpyes and Hydra's, or all the monitrous buggs
'Twixt' Africa and Inde, I'le find him out,
Down to the hips.
And crumble every finew.
Which Mercury to wise Ulyfres gave.
Boldly assault the necromantik hall;
And feise his wand.
I follow thee,
And good beaven call his best regard upon us. After v.
.658, STAGE-DIRECTION. “The scene changes to a stately “ palace set out with all manner of deliciousness : cables spread with “all dainties. Comus is discovered with his rabble: and the Lady set “ in an inchanted chaire. She offers to rise." V. 661. And you a statue fixt, as Daphne was. V.662. Fool, thou art over-proud, do not boast. This whole speech of the Lady, and the first verse of the next of Com us, were added in the margin: for before, Comus's first speech was uninterruptedly continued thus,
"Root-bound, that fled Apollo. Why do you frown ?” V.669. That youth and fancie can beget,
When the briske blood growes lively.
Poor ladie thou bali need of some refrebing.
a Monsters. Terrours. So in B. Fletcher's PHILASTIR, A. v. S. i. vol. i. p.163. edit, 1750.
My pretty prince of puppets, we do know,
No more such BUG-WORDS.
Those that would die or ere refift, are grown
The mortal Bugs o'th' field.-
For Warwick was a bug that fear'd us all. That is, " a monster that frigbled us." Our author's REFORMAT. "Which is the BUG “ we fear."_PROSE-WORKS, i. 25. See allu Reed's OLD PL. iii. 234. See alio tbe WINTERS TALE. And Spenser, F. Q. . is. 20. - xii. 25. Phaer translates Virgil's “Furiis agitatus Orestes," Orestes bayted was with BUGGES. Æn. iv. 471. The word is in Chaucer, “Or ellis that blacke BUGGYS wol hym take.” N. PR. T. rogi, Urr. ” As in LYCIDAS, Y. 135. Their bells and flourets of a THOUSAND HUIS,
. After v. 679, the nine lines now standing were introduced instead of “ Poore ladie, &c," as above. V.687. That has been tir'd all day. V.689.
Heere fair Virgin.
gowne. V.712. Covering the earth with odours and will fruites,
Cramming the seas with spawne innumerable,
The feilds with cattell, and the aire with fowle.
.727. Livi;g as Nature's baftards, not her sons.
Above the stars, and th’unsought diamonds
Would grow enur'd to day, and come at last.
Then follow verses from v.672–705. From v.779, to 806, the lines
lees And lettlings of a melancholy blood :
But this, &c. After v. 813, STAGE-DIRECTION. « The Brothers rush in, frike his “ glasse down : the shapes make as though they would refif, but are all « driven in. Dæmon enters with them." V. 814. What, have you let the false inchanter pass? V.816. -Without his art reverst. V.818. We cannot free the Lady that remains. And, bere fits. V.821. There is another way that
To the freame.
And bore her straite to aged Nereus' hall. a Milton appears to have founded coy, as a distillable : as also coarse at v.749. infr.
V. 845. Helping all urchin blafts, and ill luck signes,
That the shrewd medling elfe delights to leave ;
Which she, &c.
But Night reignes monarch yet in the mid kie. STAGE-DIRECTIONS. “ Exeunt.--The scene changes and then is præi “ fented Ludlow town and the Presidents calle: then enter country “ dances and such like gambols, &c. At those sports the Demon with the two Brothers and the Lady enter. The Damon fings." V.962. Of rimbler toes, and courtly guise,
Such as Hermes did devise.
STAGE-DIRECTION, “The dæmon fongs or fays."
Balm and callia's fragrant smells.
Yellow, watchet, greene, and blew.
Where many a cherub Soft reposes.
The Whole of Comus, with the corrections and additions, is in Milton's own hand-writing.
I add the manuscript readings of Comus, retained in the firit edi. tion 1637, but afterwards altered.
V. 195. Stolne. V. 214. Flittering. V. 251." She smil'd.” V. 472, Hovering. V.513."I'll tell you." V.608. Or cleave bis fcalpe down to
AT A SOLEMN Music. fol, 4. 5.
Tır. Song : at a, &c."
Dead things with inbreath'd sense able to pierce,
That undisturbed song, &c.
Hymncs devout and sacred psalms
That we on earth, &c.
By leaving out those barsh ill founding jarres
May keepe in tune with heaven, &c.
There are three draughts, or copies, of this song. All in Milton's own hand-writing.
Upon the CIRCUMCISION. fol. 8.
ON TIME. fol. 8.
ON THE FORCERS OF CONSCIENCE, &c. fol.
SONN. vii. fol. 6. No variations except in the spelling. In Milton's own hand: who begins the first, fifth, and ninth verses, with great letters ; all the rest with small.
Sonn. viii. fol. 9. Tit.“ On bis dere when the Citty expected an assault.” Then, as at present: with an addition of the date 1642, afterwards expunged. V.3. If ever deed of honour did thee please.
This Sonnet is written in a female hand. Only the second title is by Milton