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Comus

(Encyclopedia) Comus kō´məs, in late Roman legend, god of mirth and revelry. A follower of Dionysus, he was represented as a drunken youth bearing a torch. In Milton's poetic masque, Comus, he…

Brewer's: Comus

God of revelry. Milton represents him as a male Circe. (Greek, komos, carousal.) This nymph [Circe], that gazed upon his [Bacchus's] clustering locks, ... Had by him, ere he parted thence…

Brewer's: Comus's Court

A social gathering formerly held at the Half-Moon Tavern in Cheapside, London. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Con AmoreComus A B C D E F G H I J K…

Lawes, Henry

(Encyclopedia) Lawes, Henry lôz, 1596–1662, English composer. Both he and his brother William were prominent musician-composers, and Henry served the royal family in various capacities until the…

Arne, Thomas Augustine

(Encyclopedia) Arne, Thomas Augustine ärn, 1710–78, English composer. Arne composed the song Rule, Britannia, based on an ode by James Thomson. He composed new music for an adaptation of Milton'…

Helpmann, Sir Robert

(Encyclopedia) Helpmann, Sir Robert, 1909–1986, Australian dancer and choreographer. He danced as a principal (1933–50) with Sadler's Wells Ballet (now the Royal Ballet), often partnering with…

pastoral

(Encyclopedia) pastoral, literary work in which the shepherd's life is presented in a conventionalized manner. In this convention the purity and simplicity of shepherd life is contrasted with…

Milton, John

(Encyclopedia) Milton, John, 1608–74, English poet, b. London, one of the greatest poets of the English language. Early Life and Works The son of a wealthy scrivener, Milton was educated at St.…

Alfred Lord Tennyson: The Hesperides

The HesperidesSong Hesperus and his daughters three That sing about the golden tree. —COMUS. The Northwind fall'n, in the newstarréd night Zidonian Hanno, voyaging beyond The…

John Milton

John Milton wrote essays, sonnets and, most importantly, Paradise Lost, considered by many scholars the greatest epic poem of the English language. Milton was a Londoner and received his education…