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ARGUMENT.-Journeying along the pier, which crosses the sand, they are now so near the end of it as to hear the noise of the stream falling into the eighth circle, when they meet the spirits of three military men; who judging Dante, from his dress, to be a countryman of theirs, entreat him to stop. He complies and speaks with them. The two Poets then reach the place where the water descends, being the termination of this third compartment in the seventh circle; and here Virgil, having thrown down into the hollow a cord, wherewith Dante was girt, they behold at that signal a monstrous and horrible figure come swimming up to them.
TOW came I where the water's din was heard
As down it fell into the other round,
\ Resounding like the hum of swarming bees:
Ah me! what wounds I mark'd upon their limbs,
Attentive to their cry, my teacher paused,
They, when we stopp’d, resumed their ancient wail,
“If woe of this unsound and dreary waste,"
Thus peel'd with flame, do call forth scorn on us
The soil of Hell.
He, in whose track thou seest
My steps pursuing, naked though he be
* “Gualdrada.” ...Gualdrada ...was the daughter of Bellincione Berti, of whom mention is made in the Paradise, Cantos xv and xvi. He was of the family of Havioni, a branch of the Adimari. he Emperor Otho IV being at a festival in Florence, where Gualdrada was present, was struck with her beauty; and inquiring who she was, was answered by Bellincione, that she was the daughter of one who, if it was his Majesty's pleasure, would make her admit the honor of his salute. On overhearing this, she arose from her seat, and blushing, desired her father that he would not be so liberal in his offers. The Emperor was delighted by her resolute modesty, and calling to him Guido, one of his barons, gave her to him in marriage; at the same time raising him to the rank of a count, and bestowing on her the whole of Casentino, and a
part of the territory of Romagna,
Fix'd deep within me, soon as this my lord
"So may long space thy spirit guide thy limbs,"
“An upstart multitude and sudden gains, Pride and excess, O Florence! have in thee Engender'd, so that now in tears thou mourn'st!”
Thus cried I, with my face upraised, and they All three, who for an answer took my words, Look'd at each other, as men look when truth Comes to their ear. “If at so little cost," They all at once rejoin'd, “thou satisfy Others who question thee, O happy thou! Gifted with words so apt to speak thy thought. Wherefore, if thou escape this darksome clime, Returning to behold the radiant stars, When thou with pleasure shalt retrace the past, See that of us thou speak among mankind.”
This said, they broke the circle, and so swift Fled, that as pinions seem'd their nimble feet.
Not in so short a time might one have said “ Amen,” as they had vanish'd. Straight my guide Pursued his track. I follow'd: and small space
Had we past onward, when the water's sound • Guglielmo Borsierę, a Florentine, 6" Quando ti gioverd dicere 10 fuz." courteous and elegant manners, and “Quando mi gioverà narrar altrui of great readiness in conversation.” Le novità vedute, e dire; io fui."
whom Boccaccio terms “a man of
' c. xv. st. 38:
Was now so near at hand, that we had scarce
E'en as the river, that first holds its course
I had a cordo that braced my girdle round,
“Quickly shall come,” he said, “what I expect;
He compares the fall of Phlege those who occupied it, or because thon to that of the Montone (a - (says Landino) the lords of that river in Romagna) from the Apen territory had intended to build a nines above the Abbey of St. Bene castle near the water-fall, and to dict. All the other streams that rise collect within its walls the populabetween the sources of the Po and tion of the neighboring villages. the Montone, and fall from the left
"A cord." It is believed that side of the Apennines, join the Po our poet in early life, had entered and accompany it to the sea.
into the order of St. Francis. By ob? There it loses the name of Ac serving the rules of that profession quacheta, and takes that of Montone. he had designed “ to take the painted * 8 Either because the abbey was leopard” (that animal represented capable of containing more than Pleasure) - with this cord."
A man, if possible, should bar his lip;
ARGUMENT.-The monster Geryon is described; to whom while Virgil is speaking in order that he may carry them both down to the next circle, Dante, by permission, goes further along the edge of the void, to descry the third species of sinners contained in this compartment, namely, those who have done violence to art; and then returning to his master, they both descend, seated on the back of Geryon.
To! the fell monster with the deadly sting,
Forthwith that image vile of Fraud appear'd,
1 " The fell monster,” Fraud