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The attendant Spirit, afterwards in the habit of THYRSIS.
The chief persons who presented were
COMUS, A MASK,
THE FIRST SCENE DISCOVERS A WILD WOOD.
The Attendant SPIRIT descends or enters.*
BEFORE the starry threshold of Jove's court
• The Attendant Spirit] The Spirit is called 'Dæmon' in the Cambridge MS. Warton.
starry] • Who calls Minerva from the starry court.' Sharpe's Noble Stranger, p. 48. • In that high starry court.' Marino's Sl. of the Innocents, p. 130; and Cupid's Whirligig, p. 1.(1611.)
• And thus with winges, and bowe came I
Newly from Jove's high courte in skie.' 7 pester'd] Crowded. Ital. Pesta, a crowd. v. Hall's Sat. h. iv, s. 7. Todd,
Amongst the enthron'd Gods on sainted seats.
But to my task. Neptune, besides the sway
wood, The nodding horror of whose shady brows Threats the forlorn and wandering passenger ;
And here their tender age might suffer peril,
Bacchus, that first from out the purple grape
whose charmed cup Whoever tasted, lost his upright shape, And downward fell into a grovelling swine ? This Nymph that gaz'd upon his clust'ring locks, With ivy berries wreath’d, and his blithe youth, 55 Had by him, ere he parted thence, a son Much like his father, but his mother more, Whom therefore she brought up,and Comus nam’d: Who ripe, and frolic of his full grown age, Roving the Celtic and Iberian fields, At last betakes him to this ominous wood, And in thick shelter of black shades imbower'd Excels his mother at her mighty art,
50 who knows] Spenser's Britain's Ida, c. i. st. 1.
• In Ida’s vale (who knows not Ida's vale). Todd. 58 Comus] Consult Warton's and Todd's note on the subject of Comus: from which we find, that though he had appeared as a dramatic personage before, Milton first raised him into poetical celebrity.