- I just finished reading (about time at my age!) this masque of Milton's,
upon which Charles Williams lectured at Oxford, to Lewis' delight. I knew
that CS Lewis loved Milton, but was unaware how frequently he quoted him.
These four quotes I recognized instantly when I read them, though I can't
always quite place them in Lewis' works:
"wield their little tridents" - somewhere I think where Lewis is talking
about sub-creation, or perhaps about God affording us causativity through
prayer. Unless it was Tolkien who used it thus, but I do not think so.
"pert Fairies and the dapper Elves" - Lewis modifies this to the singular to
describe Ivy Maggs' appearance as everyone is dressing for the feast at St.
"backward mutters of dissevering power" - where, oh where, does he use this?
"those happy climes that lie/ Where day never shuts his eye, /Up in the
broad fields of the sky." - In the description of the Fields of Arbol,
Chapter 5 of OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET.
There are some perfectly gorgeous lines in COMUS; I've loved this bit for
Listen where thou art sitting
Under the glassy, cool, translucent wave..."
It goes on, but these opening lines of the "Song" to the river-goddess
Sabrina are the best.
Caroline Stevermer's new novel, A SCHOLAR OF MAGICS, which I highly
recommend, has quite a lot to do with COMUS.