E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
God of revelry. Milton represents him as a male Circ. (Greek, komos, carousal.)
This nymph [Circe], that gazed upon his [Bacchuss] clustering locks, .
Had by him, ere he parted thence, a son,
Much like his father, but his mother more,
Whom therefore she brought up, and Comus named.
Milton: Comus, 5458.
Comus. The elder brother in this domestic drama is meant for Lord Viscount Brackley, eldest son of John, Earl of Bridgewater, president of Wales. The younger brother is Mr. Thomas Egerton. The lady is Lady Alice Egerton. (Milton.)