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A COMME NT

ON THE

DIV I N E C o M E DY

OF

DA NTE A LIG HIERI.

V O L. I.

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Nous avons bien plus de poétes, que de juges

et interpretes de poésie .

MONTAI(}N1R.

LOND ON :
JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE-STREET.

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It is perhaps difficult to find a subject in English on which some one has not already written. Yet a commentator on Dante has this advantage; and may fearlessly tell his reader “use my book until you can find a better.' To a man who has reason to be diffident, such is no small encouragement. A long residence in Italy (I have lived in it for several years and am likely to continue ) and many consequent facilities might render me fitter for my undertaking than my competitors, if I had any; and I am entirely unconscious of having any. My undertaking is a detailed comment on the DiviNA CoMMEDIA — a work that embraces a greater variety of matter, than any other poem that has been ever written. The Iliad and Odyssey and the Aeneid have been commented over and over again in a great many languages; and to whatever extent those comments were perfect, or imperfect, the world has always received them willingly, and looked to them

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