The First Canticle, Inferno, of the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri

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De Vries, Ibarra, 1867 - 216 pages
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Page 56 - So by his tomb I stood, beside its base. Glancing upon me with a scornful air, " Who were thine ancestors ? " he coldly asked. Willing to answer, I did not forbear My name or lineage, but the whole unmasked. Slightly the spirit raised his haughty brows, And said, " Thy sires to mine were aye adverse, To me, and to the cause I did espouse; Wherefore their legions twice did I disperse.
Page 193 - * Living I am, and thou, if craving fame, Mayst count it precious," this was my reply, 'That I with other notes record thy name.
Page 56 - Forth from one vault these sudden accents rung So that I trembling stood with fear perplexed. Then as I closer to my master drew — " Turn back ! what dost thou ? " he exclaimed in haste — " See ! Farinata rises to thy view — Now may'st behold him upward from his waist.
Page 55 - Now by a narrow path my master winds, Conducting me 'twixt those tormenting tombs And the town walls. " O thou, whose goodness finds A passage for me through these impious glooms, Say, sovereign Virtue, satisfy my hope : May man behold the wretches buried here In these dire sepulchres ? — the lids are ope, — Suspended all, — and none is watching near.
Page 56 - ? what mean ye ! is he dead ? Doth heaven's dear light his eye no longer bless ? " Perceiving how I hesitated then, Ere I responded to his wild address, Backward he sunk, nor looked he forth again.
Page 14 - I renew my first design. Then, since one wish conducts us both, lead on ! Thou art my Lord, my Master, and my Guide.
Page 56 - O Tuscan! thou who com'st with gentle speech, Through Hell's hot city, breathing from the earth, Stop in this place one moment, I beseech; Thy tongue betrays the country of thy birth. Of that illustrious land I know thee sprung, Which in my day, perchance, I somewhat vexed.
Page 56 - Hereat arose a shadow at his side : — Uplifted on his knees he seemed to me, For his face only to his chin was bare ; And roundabout he stared, as though to see If other mortal with myself were there. But, when that momentary dream was o'er, Weeping he groaned, "If thou this dungeon dim, Led by thy soaring genius, dost explore, Where is my son ? ah, wherefore bring'st not him ? " "Not of myself I seek this realm...
Page 56 - Full in his face already I was gazing While his front lowered and his proud bosom swelled, As though even there, amid his burial blazing, The infernal realm in high disdain he held. My Leader then, with ready hands and bold, Forced me toward him, among the graves to pace, Saying, " Thy thoughts in open words unfold.
Page 56 - My recognition thus I fully showed ; For in the pangs on that poor sinner wreaked, And in his question, plain his name I read. Suddenly starting up — what ! what ! " he shrieked ; " Say'st thou He had? What mean ye ? Is he dead ? r Doth heaven's dear light his eyes no longer bless?

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