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According as impress us our desires
And other affections, so the shade is shaped,
And this is cause of what thou wonderest at."
Had we arrived, and to the right hand turned,
And were attentive to another care.
And upward doth the cornice breathe a blast
That drives them back, and from itself sequesters.
And one by one ; and I did fear the fire
On this side, and on that the falling down. My Leader said: “Along this place one ought
To keep upon the eyes a tightened rein,
Seeing that one so easily might err.” “Summæ Deus clementiæ,” in the bosom
Of the great burning chanted then I heard,
Which made me no less eager to turn round; And spirits saw I walking through the flame;
Wherefore I looked, to my own steps and theirs
Apportioning my sight from time to time. After the close which to that hymn is made,
Aloud they shouted, “Virum non cognosco ;"
Then recommenced the hymn with voices low. This also ended, cried they: “To the wood
Diana ran, and drove forth Helice
Therefrom, who had of Venus felt the poison.” Then to their song returned they ; then the wives
They shouted, and the husbands who were chaste
As virtue and the marriage vow imposes. And I believe that them this mode suffices,
For all the time the fire is burning them ;
With such care is it needful, and such food, That the last wound of all should be closed up.
Wule on the brink thus one before the other
We went upon our way, oft the good Master
Said: “Take thou heed ! suffice it that I warn thee.''
That, raying out, already the whole west
And with my shadow did I make the flame
Appear more red; and even to such a sign
Shades saw I many, as they went, give heerl.
“That seems not a factitious body !"
Came certain of them, always with regard
Not to step forth where they would not be burned. “O thou who goest, not from being slower
But reverent perhaps, behind the others,
Answer me, who in thirst and fire am burning.
For all of these have greater thirst for it
Than for cold water Ethiop or Indian.
A wall unto the sun, as if thou hadst not
Entered as yet into the net of death."
Should have revealed myself, were I not bent
On other novelty that then appeared.
There came a people face to face with these,
Which held me in suspense with gazing at them.
Each of the shades, and kissing one another
Without a pause, content with brief salute.
Muzzle to muzzle one ant meets another
Perchance to spy their journey or their fortune.
Or ever the first footstep passes onward,
Each one endeavours to outcry the other;
Into the cow Pasiphae enters,
Might fly in part, and part towards the sands,
These of the frost, those of the sun avoidant,
And weeping they return to their first songs,
And to the cry that most befitteth them;
The very same who had entreated me,
who their inclination twice had seen,
Began : “O souls secure in the possession,
Whene'er it may be, of a state of peace, either unripe nor ripened have remained
My members upon earth, but here are with me
With their own blood and their articulations. go up here to be no longer blind;
A Lady is above, who wins this grace,
Whereby the mortal through your world I bring. at as your greatest longing satisfied
May soon become, so that the Heaven may house you
Which full of love is, and most amply spreads, ell me, that I again in books may write it,
Who are you, and what is that multitude
Which goes upon its way behind your backs ?” ot otherwise with wonder is bewildered
The mountaineer, and staring round is dumb,
When rough and rustic to the town he goes, han every shade became in its appearance ;
But when they of their stupor were disburdened,
Which in high hearts is quickly quieted, Blessed be thou, who of our border-lands,"
He recommenced who first had questioned us,
“ Experience freightest for a better life. ne folk that comes not with us have offended
In that for which once Cæsar, triumphing,
Heard himself called in contumely, Queen.' herefore they separate, exclaiming, “Sodom!'
Themselves reproving, even as thou hast heard,
And add unto their burning by their shame. ur own transgression was hermaphrodite;
But because we observed not human law,
Following like unto beasts our appetite, our opprobrium by us is read,
When we part company, the name of her
Who bestialized herself in bestial wood. ow knowest thou our acts, and what our crime was;
Wouldst thou perchance by name know who we are,
There is not time to tell, nor could I do it. ny wish to know me shall in sooth be granted;
I'm Guido Guinicelli, and now purge me,
Having repented ere the hour extreme,” ne same that in the sadness of Lycurgus
Two sons became, their mother re-beholding,
The moment I heard name himsel
Of me and of my betters, who
Practised the sweet and graci And without speech and hearing
For a long time I went, beho
Nor for the fire did I approac When I was fed with looking, utte
Myself I offered ready for his
With affirmation that compel: And he to me: “ Thou leavest fo
In me, from what I hear, and
Lethe cannot efface them, no But if thy words just now the trut!
Tell me what is the cause wh
In word and look that dear t And I to him: “Those dulcet lay
Which, long as shall endure
Shall make for ever dear thei “O brother,” said he, “he whom
And here he pointed at a spi
“Was of the mother tongue a Verses of love and proses of roma
He mastered all; and let the
Who think the Lemosin surp= To clamour more than truth they
And in this way establish the
Ere art or reason has by then Thus many ancients with Guittone
From cry to cry still giving h
Until the truth has conquere Now, if thou hast such ample pri
"Tis granted thee to go unto
Wherein is Christ the abbot To him repeat for me a Paternost
So far as needful to us of this
Where power of sinning is no Then, to give place perchance to
Whom he had near, he vanis
As fish in water going to the I moved a little tow'rds him point
And said that to his name my
An honourable place was ma He of his own free will began to s
Tan m' abellis vostre cortes der
Jeu sui Arnaut, que plor e vai chantan;
Consiros vei la passada folor,
E vei jauzen lo jorn.qu' esper denan. Ara vus prec per aquella valor,
Que vus condus al som de la scalinı,
Sovenga vus a temprar ma dolor. *
As when he vibrates forth his earliest rays,
In regions where his Maker shed his blood,
(The Ebro falling under lofty Libra, And waters in the Ganges burnt with noon,)
So stood the Sun; hence was the day departing,
When the glad Angel of God appeared to us. Outside the flame he stood upon the verge,
And chanted forth, “ Beati mundo corde,"
In voice by far more living than our own. Then: “No one farther goes, souls sanctified,
If first the fire bite not; within it enter,
And be not deaf unto the song beyond.” When we were close beside him thus he said ;
Wherefore e'en such became I, when I heard him,
As he is who is put into the grave. Upon my clasped hands I straightened me,
Scanning the fire, and vividly recalling
The human bodies I had once seen burned. Towards me turned themselves my good Conductors,
And unto me Virgilius said : “My son,
Here may indeed be torment, but not death.
On Geryon have safely guided thee,
So pleases me your courteous demand,
I cannot and I will not hide me from you.
Contrite I see the folly of the past,
And joyous see the hoped-for day before me.
Which guides you to the summit of the stairs,