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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 at Rome 'neath good Augustus' sway, When mankind groan'd in
There in lofty citadel Enthronèd He the universe doth sway. Oh, blest are they
with Him elect to dwell ! ' Outspake I then, and said ; ' Poet, I pray 13° Thee by that
Holy One thou did'st not know, That I from this and greater evil may that the ...
15 Now, that the Enemy of all ill such grace On him bestow'd, measuring the high
effect That was to ensue therefrom — the power — the race — Appears not
strange to one who can reflect, For that he was of Rome's imperial sway 20 The ...
And he then said to me ; ' The first of these, Of whom thou seekest to have
knowledge, held Imperial sway o'er many languages. She was so lapsed in
lawless wantonness, 55 All lust she licensed by her laws, in faith Thus to remove
the shame ...
But if thou hast so great desire to know How that entrancing love began to sway
125 Our hearts, I will repeat the tale of woe. 4 Boëthius. ' In omni adversitate
fortunae infelicissimum genus infor- tunii est fuisse felicem et non esse.
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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