Image from page 177 of “The Vision, or Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise of Dante Alighieri” (1916)
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Title: The Vision, or Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise of Dante Alighieri
Year: 1916 (1910s)
Authors: Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321
Publisher: London : Humphrey Milford : Oxford University Press
Contributing Library: PIMS – University of Toronto
Digitizing Sponsor: University of Toronto
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ence.For not with eye, by any cloud obscured.Would it be seemly before him to come,Who stands the foremost minister in heaven.This islet all around, there far beneath, loo Where the wave beats it, on the oozy bedProduces store of reeds. No other plant.Covered with leaves, or hardened in its stalk.There lives, not bending to the waters sway.After, this way return not; but the sunWill show you, that now rises, where to take 124 THE VISION OF DANTE [Canto i The mountain in its easiest ascent. He disappeared ; and I myself upraisedSpeechless, and to my guide retiring close,Toward him turned mine eyes. He thus began:* My son ! observant thou my steps pursue.We must retreat to rearward ; for that wayThe champain to its low extreme declines. The dawn had chased the matin hour of prime.Which fled before it, so that from afarI spied the trembling of the ocean stream.We traversed the deserted plain, as oneWho, wandered from his track, thinks every stepTrodden in vain till he regain the path. no
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When we had come, where yet the tender dew 120Strove with the sun, and in a place where freshThe wind breathed oer it, while it slowly dried;Both hands extended on the watery grassMy master placed, in graceful act and kind.Whence I of his intent before apprised,Stretched out to him my cheeks suffused with tears.There to my visage he anew restoredThat hue which the dun shades of hell concealed. Then on the solitary shore arrived,That never sailing on its waters saw 130 Man that could after measure back his course.He girt me in such manner as had pleasedHim who instructed ; and 0 strange to tell !As he selected every humble plant.Wherever one was plucked another thereResembling, straightway in its place arose. I Canto II] PURGATORY 125 CANTO II ARGUMENT They behold a vessel under conduct of an angel, coming over the waveswith spirits to Purgatory, among whom, when the passengers have landed,Dante recognizes his friend Casella; but, while they are entertained byhim with a song, they hear
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