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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.

John Milton. 1608–1674

314. From’ Comus’ ii. Echo

SWEET Echo, sweetest Nymph that liv’st unseen 
            Within thy airy shell 
          By slow Meander’s margent green, 
    And in the violet imbroider’d vale 
          Where the love-lorn Nightingale         5
  Nightly to thee her sad Song mourneth well. 
  Canst thou not tell me of a gentle Pair 
          That likest thy Narcissus are? 
            O if thou have 
          Hid them in som flowry Cave,  10
            Tell me but where 
  Sweet Queen of Parly, Daughter of the Sphear! 
  So maist thou be translated to the skies, 
And give resounding grace to all Heav’ns Harmonies!