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I cried out, ' whate'er 65 Thou art, or living man, or shade undone.' He made
response ; ' Not living man, tho' once Terrestrial air I drew — Italian-born Of
Lombard ancestors in Mantua fair, When mightiest Julius did the world adorn : 70
I lived ...
15 ' O thou that comest to this house of sorrow,' Cried Minos unto me, when he
beheld me, Leaving the business of that dreadful office ; ' See how thou enterest,
and on what reliest : Be not deceived by the broad entrance way.' 20 To whom ...
... arrow from the string Or ran its course more swiftly thro' the air Than I descried
a little vessel there 15 Shoot o'er the leaden waves to where we stood, Under the
guidance of a single pilot, Who cried aloud, ' Ho art thou come — damn'd spirit !
... with which That melancholy land is compass'd round, The walls thereof seem'd
built of gleaming steel. Not without first wide circuit made we came Unto a place
where with loud voice the pilot 80 ' Out with you ! ' cried to us, ' the gate is here.
His language and his mode of punishment Already had reveal'd to me his name ;
65 Whence my response was thus complete. Thereon Suddenly to his feet he
sprang, and cried ; ' How said'st thou " held in light esteem ? " Lives he Not then ?
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LibraryThing ReviewProcura do Utilizador - hopeevey - LibraryThing
This is my first exposure to Dante's writing. I was looking for poetry by a different author when I came across this translation. When I saw the narrator, I decided it was time to read/hear some Dante ... Ler crítica na íntegra
LibraryThing ReviewProcura do Utilizador - antao - LibraryThing
What I love about Dante is how he doesn't invoke the Muses, unlike Homer, or Virgil, and that he goes straight to the heart of the matter, and straight in to the poem, i.e. "In the midway of this our ... Ler crítica na íntegra