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Originally appearing in Volume V06, Page 822 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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COMUS (from sd p.os, revel, or a
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company of revellers)
  , in the later
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mythology of the Greeks, the
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god of festive mirth . In classic mythology the personification does not exist; but Comus appears in the Eucoves, or Descriptions of Pictures of
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Philostratus, a writer of the 3rd century A.D. as a winged youth, slumbering in a
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standing attitude, his legs crossed, his countenance flushed with wine, his head—which is sunk upon his breast—crowned with dewy flowers, his
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left hand feebly grasping a hunting spear, his right an inverted torch . Ben
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Jonson introduces Comus, in his masque entitled Pleasure reconciled to Virtue (1619), as the portly jovial
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patron of good cheer, " First
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father of
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sauce and deviser of jelly." In the Comus, sive Phagesiposia Cimmeria; Somnium (1608, and at Oxford, 1634), a moral allegory by a Dutch author, Hendrik
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van der Putten, or Erycius Puteanus, the conception is more nearly akin to Milton's, and Comus is a being whose enticements are more disguised and delicate than those of Jonson's deity . But Milton's Comus is a creation of his own .

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