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And now to me I heard the Master calling ; I 15
Whence I besought the spirit with more haste
To tell me who were prison'd in the vaults.
And he replied ; 'More than a thousand here
Are placed : here lies the second Frederick;12 there
The Cardinal: 13 I speak not of the rest.’ I 20
This said, he vanish'd : I thereon towards -
The Bard my steps retraced, pondering the while
That mystic speech 14 which seem'd to threaten ill.
Onward he moved, and, as we paced along,
This question put to me ; 'Wherefore art thou 125
So lost in thought ?' I his request fulfill'd.
'Let thy mind treasure up that which the spirit
Reveal'd against thyself,' enjoin'd the sage,
And here 'Attend ’ he said, with hand uplifted.
'When thou shalt rest beneath the radiant vision I 30
Of her, whose bright eye seëth all things, thou
Wilt hear from her all thy life's pilgrimage.'

* Frederick II., grandson of Barbarossa, Emperor of Germany, and King of Naples and Sicily.

13 Cardinal Ottaviano Ubaldini, called 'the Cardinal' on account of his great influence. All these persons, viz., Farinata, Cavalcante, Frederick II., and Cardinal Ubaldini, held Epicurean opinions.

* Farinata's prediction in v. 79-81.

He therewith turning to the left hand, we left
The wall; then 'mid the tombs in haste we wended
Along a path which strikes upon a valley, I35

Whose noxious fumes ev'n to that height ascended.

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