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How first I enter'd there I scarce can say ; 10 So heedless was I and so full of
sleep That hour wherein I swerved from the straight way. But soon as I had gain'd
a hill-side steep — 2 There where that dark and dreary valley ended, That made
'Twas thus he enter'd, thus he made me enter The foremost circle that surrounds
the Abyss. Within, far as the listening ear could hear, 25 No wailing sound arose,
save that of sighs Alone, that shook the everlasting air, Of sorrow born, without ...
Yet would I have thee know, ere thou draw near, These have not sinn'd : 1 and, if
they have their merits, 'Tis not enough, for, being unbaptised, 35 They enter'd not
the portal of thy Faith : And, if they lived before the birth of Christ, They render'd ...
O'er this we pass'd with ease as on dry ground : Thro' seven gates I enter'd with
those sages : no A meadow of fresh green within we found. People were there
with still and thoughtful faces ; Of great authority they seem'd to be, Speaking but
Of Farinata, and Tegghiaio, who So worthy were ; of Jacob Rusticucci, 80 Arrigo,
Mosca, and the others, who To do well enter'd fair ; 7 — say in what place They
dwell, for I have great desire to know If they are lapt in bliss, or lost in Hell.
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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