297 K.β΄ ΚΩΜΟΣ
(1) Ὁ δαίμων ὁ Κῶμος, παρ᾿ οὗ τοῖς ἀνθρώποις τὸ κωμάζειν, ἐφέστηκεν ἐν θαλάμου θύραις χρυσαῖς οἶμαι, βραδεῖα δὲ ἡ κατάληψις αὐτῶν ὑπὸ τοῦ ὡς ἐν νυκτὶ εἶναι. γέγραπται δὲ ἡ νὺξ 5οὐκ ἀπὸ τοῦ σώματος, ἀλλ᾿ ἀπὸ καιροῦ, δηλοῖ δὲ τὰ προπύλαια νυμφίους μάλα ὀλβίους ἐν εὐνῇ κεῖσθαι. (2) καὶ ὁ Κῶμος ἥκει νέος παρὰ νέους, ἁπαλὸς καὶ οὔπω ἔφηβος, ἐρυθρὸς ὑπὸ οἴνου καὶ καθεύδων ὀρθὸς ὑπὸ τοῦ μεθύειν.
The spirit Comus2 (Revelry), to whom men owe their revelling, is stationed at the doors of a chamber—golden doors, I think they are; but to make them out is a slow matter, for the time is supposed to be at night. Yet night is not represented as a person, but rather it is suggested by what is going on; and the splendid entrance indicates that it is a very wealthy pair just married who are lying on a couch. And Comus has come, a youth to join the youths, delicate and not yet full grown, flushed with wine and, though erect, he is asleep under the influence of drink. As he