Where the name Comus comes from:
In Greek mythology, Comus or Komos (Ancient Greek: Κῶμος) is the god of festivity, revels and nocturnal dalliances. He is a son and a cup-bearer of the god Bacchus. Comus represents anarchy and chaos. His mythology occurs in the later times of antiquity. During his festivals in Ancient Greece, men and women exchanged clothes. He was depicted as a young man on the point of unconsciousness from drink. He had a wreath of flowers on his head and carried a torch that was in the process of being dropped. Unlike the purely carnal Pan or purely intoxicated Bacchus, Comus was a god of excess.
Son of Bacchus/Dionysus. Dionysus the Younger.
The old boy's child & replacement.
All part of the One & Only Story [See Robert Graves, Joseph Campbell, et al on mythologies & religions.]
Sad--& joyous too-- but necessary for Life to continue.
All males who have male children sire their own replacements.
We love & hate that fact & them.
Which is why being a human being is not easy.
Comus is a British progressive folk band which had a brief career in the early 1970s; their first album, First Utterance, gave them a cult following which persists. They reunited in 2009 and have played several festivals and released a new album.
Comus (A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634) is a masque in honour of chastity, written by John Milton. It was first presented on Michaelmas, 1634, before John Egerton, 1st Earl of Bridgewater at Ludlow Castle in celebration of the Earl's new post as Lord President of Wales.
Known colloquially as Comus, the mask's actual full title is A Mask presented at Ludlow Castle 1634: on Michelmas night, before the right honorable John, Earl of Bridgewater, Viscount Brackley, Lord President of Wales, and one of His Majesty's most honorable privy council. Comus was printed anonymously in 1637, in a quarto issued by bookseller Humphrey Robinson; Milton included the work in his Poems of 1645 and 1673. Milton's text was later used for a highly successful masque by the musician Thomas Arne in 1738, which then ran for more than seventy years in London.
What did Dr. Samuel Johnson say about Milton's Paradise Lost...? Something like: No ever complained it wasn't long enough...
To Keep from Crying is the second album by progressive folk band Comus, released in 1974. It featured a notably different lineup from their other releases, with the violin/viola and woodwind spots replaced by keyboards and a conventional drum kit. The album's content has also been noted as being more common than their earlier work, centered more in conventional progressive rock and folk.
To keep from crying...
We need loving when we need it.
Nothing wrong with making sure our natural needs are met.
I understand exactly.
To Keep From Crying
Hold me naked, in the dancing fire light
Close and sacred
Warm against your skin, so white
To keep from crying
In the coldness of the night
I keep on trying to surrender
Hold me tight
Soothe my sorrows
Numb my aching head tonight
The morning follows, set on waking up the light [alt: set on waking o'er the light ?]
All wrinkles thrown away
Like wriggling ocean waves
They rise and fall at the dock
Always must bolt to the shore
Like the roaring tide, like the roaring tide
Like the jingling wind, like the jingling wind [alt: like the changing wind ?]
--song written by Roger Wootton & Bobbie Watson
from Comus' second album, "To Keep from Crying" 1974; taken from "song to comus - the complete collection" (2005)