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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
From Comus

John Milton (1608–1674)
BEFORE 1 the starry threshold of Joves court
My mansion is, where those immortal shapes
Of bright aëreal Spirits live insphear’d
In Regions mild of calm and sèrene Ayr,
Above the smoak and stirr of this dim spot        5
Which men call Earth, and with low-thoughted care
Confin’d, and pester’d in this pin-fold here,
Strive to keep up a frail and Feaverish being
Unmindful of the crown that Vertue gives,
After this mortal change, to her true Servants        10
Amongst the ènthron’d gods on Sainted seats.
Yet som there be that by due steps aspire
To lay their just hands on that Golden Key
That opes the Palace of Eternity:
To such my errand is, and but for such,        15
I would not soil these pure Ambrosial weeds
With the rank vapours of this Sin-worn mould …
Note 1. Milton. The opening lines of ‘Comus’. 1634. The Attendant Spirit prologises. [back]

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