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But soon as I had gain'd a hill-side steep — 2 There where that dark and dreary
valley ended, That made my heart to grieve and eyes to weep — 15 Lo ! as I
gazed, over its slope descended Vesture of light from the heaven-wanderer,
30 And lo ! just where the emerald steep 'gan rise, A Leopard5 light of foot, quick-
moving, gay With speckled skin, unto my wondering eyes Appear'd, nor vanish'd,
rather did my way Perplex and hinder so that many a time 35 I turnèd to go ...
... that speckled hide No harm would spring :7 yet not so that my dread Return'd
not when a Lion8 I espied, 45 That onward came right in my path with head Aloft
and glaring wild with hungry eye, That ev'n the air seem'd to shrink back afraid.
Thus hurrying down the shelter'd ground to reach Before my wearied eyes
appeared one Who thro' long silence seem'd bereft of speech.10 When I descried
him in the desert lone, ' Have pity on me ! ' I cried out, ' whate'er 65 Thou art, or
Escape, lead thou me where thou said'st, that so These eyes may see where
Peter sits enshrined In glory, and those spirits whelm'd in woe.' 135 Then movèd
he, and I held on behind. 20 CANTO II. Lo giorno se n' andava. ARGUMENT.
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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
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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