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Wert busied with his spirit, who once ruled
So we discoursed to where the rock first show'd
As were the torment, if each lazar-house
We on the utmost shore of the long rock
More rueful was it not methinks to see
(And afterward, as bards of yore have told, % The valley through which passes Leopold II. The Chiana is men. the river Chiana, bounded by Arez tioned as a remarkably sluggish zo, Cortona, Montepulciano, and stream, in the Paradise, Canto xiii. 21. Chiusi. In the autumn it was for 8 See note to Canto xxv. v. 18. merly rendered unwholesome by the “In Ægina." He alludes to the stagnation of the water, but has fable of the ants changed into Myr. since been drained by the Emperor midons.-Ovid, “ Met. lib. vii.
The ancient people were restored anew
“O thou! who with thy fingers rendest off Thy coat of proof,” thus spake my guide to one, “And sometimes makest tearing pincers of them, Tell me if any born of Latian land Be among these within: so may thy nails Serve thee for everlasting to this toil.”
“Both are of Latium,” weeping he replied, “ Whom tortured thus thou seest: but who art thou That hast inquired of us?” To whom my guide: “One that descend with this man, who yet lives, From rock to rock, and show him Hell's abyss.”
Then started they asunder, and each turn'd Trembling toward us, with the rest, whose ear Those words redounding struck. To me my liege Address'd him: “Speak to them whate'er thou list.”
And I therewith began: “So may no time Filch your remembrance from the thoughts of men In the upper world, but after many suns Survive it, as ye tell me, who ye are, And of what race ye come. Your punishment,
Unseemly and disgustful in its kind,
“Arezzo was my dwelling,"5 answer'd one,
Then to the bard I spake: “Was ever race Light as Siena's ? Sure not France herself Can show a tribe so frivolous and vain."
The other leprous spirit heard my words, And thus return'd: "Be Stricca' from this charge Exempted, he who knew so temperately To lay out fortune's gifts; and Niccolo, Who first the spice's costly luxury Discover'd in that garden, where such seed Roots deepest in the soil; and be that troop Exempted, with whom Caccia of Asciano Lavish'd his vineyards and wide-spreading woods, And his rare wisdom Abbagliato show'd A spectacle for all. That thou mayst know Who seconds thee against the Sienese Thus gladly, bend this way thy sharpen'd sight, That well my face may answer to thy ken;
So shalt thou see I am Capocchio's ghost, 6 Grifolino of Arezzo, who prom. Niccolo Salimbeni, Caccia of Asciaised Albero, son of the Bishop of no, and Abbagliato, or Meo de' Fol. Siena, that he would teach him cacchieri belonged to a company of the art of flying; and, because he prodigal and luxurious youth in Si. did not keep his promise, Albero ena, called the “ Brigata Goderecprevailed on his father to have him cia." Niccolo was the inventor of a burnt for a necromancer.
new manner of using cloves in 6 The same imputation is again cast cookery, and which was termed the on the Sienese, Purg. Canto xiii. costuma ricca.”
8“ In that garden." Siena. **This is said ironically. Stricca,
Who forged transmuted metals by the power
UMENT. In feited the pen under
ARGUMENT.-In the same gulf, other kinds of impostors, as those who have counterfeited the persons of others, or debased the current coin, or deceived by speech under false pretences, are described as suffering various diseases. Sinon of Troy and Adamo of Brescia mutually reproach each other with their several impostures.
THAT time resentment burn'd in Juno's breast
From Semele against the Theban blood,
As more than once in dire mischance was rued; Such fatal frenzy seized on Athamas, That he his spouse beholding with a babe Laden on either arm, “Spread out,” he cried, “ The meshes, that I take the lioness And the young lions at the pass: " then forth Stretch'd he his merciless talons, grasping one, One helpless innocent, Learchus named, Whom swinging down he dash'd upon a rock; And with her other burden, self-destroy'd, The hapless mother plunged. And when the pride Of all presuming Troy fell from its height, By fortune overwhelm'd, and the old king With his realm perish'd; then did Hecuba, A wretch forlorn and captive, when she saw Polyxena first slaughter'd, and her son, Her Polydorus, on the wild sea-beach Next met the mourner's view, then reft of sense Did she run barking even as a dog; Such mighty power had grief to wrench her soul. But ne'er the Furies, or of Thebes, or Troy, With such fell cruelty were seen, their goads Infixing in the limbs of man or beast, As now two pale and naked ghosts I saw, That gnarling wildly scamper’d, like the swine
Excluded from his stye. One reach'd Capocchio,
To whom I answering: “Oh! as thou dost hope
When vanish'd the two furious shades, on whom
"O ye! who in this world of misery,
1 Gianni Schicchi, of the family of Cavalcanti, possessed such a fac. ulty of mimicry that he was employed by Simon Donati to personate Buoso Donati, then recently de. ceased, and to make a will, leaving Simon his heir; for which service he was remunerated with a mare of
extraordinary value, here called “the lady of the herd.”
*Adamo of Brescia, at the instiga. tion of Guido, Alessandro, and their brother Aghinulfo, Lords of Romena, counterfeited the coin of Florence; for which crime he was burnt