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English poet, scholar, writer and patriot
(1608 - 1674)
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I sat me down to watch upon a bank
  With ivy canopied and interwove
    With flaunting honeysuckle.
      - Comus (l. 543) [Honeysuckles]

And filled the air with barbarous dissonance.
      - Comus (l. 550) [Sound]

I was all ear,
  And took in strains that might create a soul
    Under the ribs of death.
      - Comus (l. 560) [Hearing : Music]

Or that power
  Which erring men call chance.
      - Comus (l. 587) [Chance]

Virtue may be assailed, but never hurt,
  Surprised by unjust force, but not inthralled;
    Yea, even that which mischief meant most harm
      Shall in the happy trial prove most glory.
      - Comus (l. 589) [Virtue]

If this fail,
  The pillar'd firmament is rottenness,
    And earth's base built on stubble.
      - Comus (l. 597) [Failure]

Under the sooty flag of Acheron,
  Harpies and Hydras.
      - Comus (l. 604) [Flags]

And in requital ope his leathern scrip,
  And show me simples of a thousand names,
    Telling their strange and vigorous faculties.
      - Comus (l. 626) [Medicine]

That moly
  That Hermes once to wise Ulysses gave.
      - Comus (l. 637) [Gods]

Soon as the potion works, their human count'nance,
  Th' express resemblance of the gods, is chang'd
    Into some bruitish form of wolf or bear,
      Or ounce or tiger, hog, or bearded goat,
        All other parts remaining as they were;
          And they, so perfect in their misery,
            Not once perceive their foul disfigurement.
      - Comus (l. 64) [Intemperance]

Hast thou betrayed my credulous innocence
  With vizor'd falsehood and base forgery?
      - Comus (l. 697) [Treachery]

  But such as are good men can give good things,
    And that which is not good, is not delicious
      To a well-governed and wise appetite.
      - Comus (l. 702) [Goodness]

Wherefore did Nature pour her bounties forth
  With such a full and unwithdrawing hand,
    Covering the earth with odours, fruits, flocks,
      Thronging the seas with spawn innumerable,
        But all to please and sate the curious taste?
      - Comus (l. 710) [Nature]

If all the world
  Should in a pet of temp'rance, feed on pulse,
    Drink the clear stream, and nothing wear but frieze,
      Th' All-giver would be unthank'd, would be unprais'd.
      - Comus (l. 720) [Temperance]

And live like Nature's bastards, not her sons.
      - Comus (l. 727) [Nature]

Beauty is Nature's coin, must not be hoarded,
  But must be current, and the good thereof
    Consists in mutual and partaken bliss.
      - Comus (l. 739) [Beauty]

Beauty is nature's brag, and must be shown
  In courts, at feasts, and high solemnities,
    Where most may wonder at the workmanship.
      - Comus (l. 745) [Beauty]

It is for homely features to keep home.
  They had their name thence.
      - Comus (l. 748) [Home]

Impostor; do not charge most innocent Nature,
  As if she would her children should be riotous
    With her abundance; she, good cateress,
      Means her provision only to the good,
        That live according to her sober laws,
          And holy dictate of spare temperance.
      - Comus (l. 762) [Temperance]

One sip of this
  Will bathe the drooping spirits in delight,
    Beyond the bliss of dreams.
      - Comus (l. 811) [Drinking]

Without his rod revers'd,
  And backward mutters of dissevering power.
      - Comus (l. 816) [Power]

The star that bids the shepherd fold,
  Now the top of heaven doth hold.
      - Comus (l. 93) [Stars]

And the gilded car of day,
  His glowing axle doth allay
    In the steep Atlantic stream.
      - Comus (l. 95) [Sunset]

Sweetest Echo, sweetest nymph, that liv'st unseen
  Within thy airy shell,
    By slow Meander's margent green,
      And in the violet-embroidered vale.
      - Comus--Song [Echo]

Thus I set my printless feet
  O'er the cowslip's velvet head,
    That bends not as I tread.
      - Comus--Song [Cowslips]

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