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But let the Malebranche cease a little,
So that these may not their revenges fear,
And I, down sitting in this very place, For one that I am will make seven come,
When I shall whistle, as our custom is
To do whenever one of us comes out." Cagnazzo at these words his muzzle lifted,
Shaking his head, and said : “ Just hear the trick
Which he has thought of, down to throw himself !” Whence he, who snares in great abundance had,
Responded : “I by far too cunning am,
When I procure for mine a greater sadness.” Alichin held not in, but running counter
Unto the rest, said to him : “If thou dive,
I will not follow thee upon the gallop, But I will beat my wings above the pitch ;
The height be left, and be the bank a shield,
To see if thou alone dost countervail us." O thou who readest, thou shalt hear new sport !
Each to the other side his eyes averted;
He first, who most reluctant was to do it. The Navarrese selected well his time;
Planted his feet on land, and in a moment
Leaped, and released himself from their design. Whereat each one was suddenly stung with shame,
But he most who was cause of the defeat ;
Therefore he moved, and cried : “ Thou art o'ertaken." But little it availed, for wings could not
Outstrip the fear; the other one went under,
And, Aying, upward he his breast directed. Not otherwise the duck upon a sudden
Dives under, when the falcon is approaching,
And upward he returneth cross and weary. Infuriate at the mockery, Calcabrina
Flying behind him followed close, desirous
The other should escape, to have a quarrel. And when the barrator had disappeared,
He turned his talons upon his companion,
And grappled with him right above the moat. But sooth the other was a doughty sparhawk
To clapperclaw him well; and both of them
Fell in the middle of the boiling pond.
But ne'ertheless of rising there was naught,
Lamenting with the others, Barbariccia
Made four of them fly to the other side
With all their gaffs, and very speedily
They stretched their hooks towards the pitch-ensnarea
Who were already baked within the crust,
SILENT, alone, and without company
We went, the one in front, the other after,
As go the Minor Friars along their way.
My thought, by reason of the present quarrel,
Where he has spoken of the frog and mouse ;
Than this one is to that, if well we couple
End and beginning with a steadfast mind.
so afterward from that was born another,
Which the first fear within me double made.
Are laughed to scorn, with injury and scoff
So great, that much I think it must annoy them.
They will come after us more merciless
Than dog upon the leveret which he seizes,"
With terror, and stood backwardly intent,
When said I : "Master, if thou hidest not
I am in dread; we have them now behind us;
I so imagine them, I already feel them."
Thine outward image I should not attract
Sooner to me than I imprint the inner.
With similar attitude and similar face,
So that of both one counsel sole I made.
That we to the next Bolgia can descend,
Not yet he finished rendering such opinion,
When I beheld them come with outstretched wings,
Not far remote, with will to seize upon us. My Leader on a sudden seized me up,
Even as a mother who by noise is wakened,
And close beside her sees the enkindled Hames, Who takes her son, and flies, and does not stop,
Having more care of him than of herself,
So that she clothes her only with a shift; And downward from the top of the hard bank
Supine he gave him to the pendent rock,
That one side of the other Bolgia walls. Ne'er ran so swiftly water through a sluice
To turn the wheel of any land-built mill,
When nearest to the paddles it approaches, As did
Master down along that border,
As his own son, and not as a companion.
His feet had reached, ere they had reached the hill
Right over us; but he was not afraid ; For the high Providence, which had ordained
To place them ministers of the fifth moat,
The power of thence departing took from all. A painted people there below we found,
Who went about with footsteps very slow,
Weeping and in their semblance tired and vanquished. They had on mantles with the hoods low down
Before their eyes, and fashioned of the cut
That in Cologne they for the monks are made. Without, they gilded are so that it dazzles;
But inwardly all leaden and so heavy
That Frederick used to put them on of straw. O everlastingly fatiguing mantle !
Again we turned us, still to the left hand
Along with them, intent on their sad plaint; But owing to the weight, that weary folk
Came on so tardily, that we were new
In company at each motion of the haunch. Whence I unto my Leader : “See thou find
Some one who may by deed or name be known,
And thus in going move thine eye about.”
Cried to us from behind : “Stay ye your feet,
Perhaps thou'lt have from me what thou demandest."
Whereat the Leader turned him, and said : “ Wait,
And then according to his páce proceed.”
Of spirit, in their faces, to be with me;
But the burden and the narrow way delayed them When they came up, long with an eye askance
They scanned me without uttering a word.
Then to each other turned, and said together : “ He by the action of his throat seems living ;
And if they dead are, by what privilege
Go they uncovered by the heavy stole?"
Of miserable hypocrites art come,
Do not disdain to tell us who thou art."
In the great town on the fair river of Arno,
And with the body am I've always had.
Along your cheeks such grief as I behold?
And what pain is upon you, that so sparkles?” And one replied to me: “These orange cloaks
Are made of lead so heavy, that the weights
Cause in this way their balances to creak.
I Catalano, and he Loderingo
Named, and together taken by thy city,
For maintenance of its peace ; and we were such
That still it is apparent round Gardingo.” “O Friars," began 1, "your iniquitous ..."
But said no more ; for to mine eyes there rushed
One crucified with three stakes on the grourd. When me he saw, he writhed himself all over,
Blowing into his beard with suspirations ;
And the Friar Catalan, who noticed this,
Counselled the Pharisees that it was meet
To put one man to torture for the people.
As thou perceivest; and he needs must feel,
Whoever passes, first how much he weighs;
Within this moat, and the others of the council-
And thereupon I saw Virgilius marvel
O'er him who was extended on the cross
So vilely in eternal banishment. Then he directed to the Friar this voice :
“Be not displeased, if granted thee, to tell us
If to the right hand any pass slope down By which we two may issue forth from here,
Without constraining some of the black angels
To come and extricate us from this deep." Then he made answer : “ Nearer than thou hopest
There is a rock, that forth from the great circle
Proceeds, and crosses all the cruel valleys,
You will be able to mount up the ruin,
That sidelong slopes and at the bottom rises." The Leader stood awhile with head bowed down ;
Then said : “ The business badly he recounted
Who grapples with his hook the sinners yonder." And the Friar : “ Many of the Devil's vices
Once heard I at Bologna, and among them,
That he's a liar and the father of lies.” Thereat my Leader with great strides went on,
Somewhat disturbed with anger in his looks;
Whence from the heavy-laden I departed After the prints of his beloved feet.
IN that part of the youthful year wherein
The Sun his locks beneath Aquarius tempers,
And now the nights draw near to half the day, What time the hoar-frost copies on the ground
The outward semblance of her sister white,
But little lasts the temper of her pen, The husbandman, whose forage faileth him,
Rises, and looks, and seeth the champaign
All gleaming white, whereat he beats his flank, Returns in doors, and up and down laments,
Like a poor wretch, who knows not what to do ;
Then he returns, and hope revives again,
In little time, and takes his shepherd's crook,