Comus: A Masque
Note on the e-text: this Renascence Editions text was transcribed by Judy Boss in Omaha, Nebraska, and is provided by Renascence Editions with her kind permission. Some italics in the text have been omitted to improve readability. This edition is in the public domain. Content unique to this presentation is copyright © 1997 The University of Oregon. For nonprofit and educational uses only.
J O H N Lord Vicount B R A C L Y,
Son and Heir apparent to the Earl
of Bridgewater, &c.
M Y L O R D ,
By Sir H E N R Y W O O T O N ,
To the Author, upon the
From the Colledge, this 13. of April, 1638.
S I R ,
M A S K
P R E S E N T E D
At L U D L O W-Castle,
The first Scene discovers a wilde Wood.
The attendant Spirit descends or enters.
Break off, break off, I feel the different pace,
Eld. Bro. Unmuffle ye faint[ ]stars, and thou fair Moon
The Scene changes to a stately Palace, set out with all manner of deliciousness; soft Musick, Tables spred with all dainties. Comus appears with his rabble, and the Lady set in an inchanted Chair, to whom he offers his Glass, which she puts by, and goes about to rise.
Comus. Nay Lady sit; if I but wave this wand,The Brothers rush in with Swords drawn, wrest his Glass out of his hand, and break it against the ground; his rout make signe of resistance, but are all driven in; The attendant Spirit comes in.
Spir. What, have you let the false enchanter scape?
of her seat.
Spir. Virgin, daughter of Locrine
father and mother.
Spir. To the Ocean now I fly,
See also the Psalm Paraphrases, which followed Comus in the 1673 edition of Poems, Etc. Upon Several Ocassions. This etext was typed by Judy Boss in Omaha, Nebraska. Front matter typed by R.S. Bear in Eugene, Oregon. Coded in HTML by R.S. Bear, December 1997.