Dante Interpreted; A Brief Summary of the Life, Times, and Character of Dante
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...not open! On the following morn Gaddo, before my face, from life was torn! 'Can you not help me, father?' first he cried, And perished; then I saw the younger born, Three, one by one, fall eer the sixth day sped--Plainly as you see me, and this accursed head. "Already blind, I fondly grope my way To them, and for three days their names I call After their death; then famine found its prey And did what sorrow could not." This was all He said; and, as his sidelong glances fall On the vile skull, he seized it once again, Dog-like, with teeth the very bone would maul. Ah, Pisa! thou opprobrium of the plain, Whose people softly breathe the Si, if 't is in vain To hope thy neighbours would thy crime reprove, At least let those two islands of the sea,1 Caprara and Gorgona, nearer move, And dam the mouth of Arno; till in thee Each living soul be drowned. If verily 1 Gorgona and Caprara are two islands at the mouth of the Arno. The former of them when viewed from the tower of Pisa seems to dam the river. Count Ugolino his pledged faith forswore, And sold thy fortresses by treachery, His sons at least should not the bitter cross have bore.1 The ninth circle contains traitors of all sorts. In its lowest depths are Lucifer, who was false to God in heaven, Judas Iscariot, Brutus, and Cassius. Here the journey ends. The poet and his guide issue from the realm of darkness by a secret path leading from the centre of the earth. A place there is beneath the station drear Of Beelzdbub, which as far extends As hell itself, yet not by sight 't is clear But by the clue a murmuring streamlet lends, Which through the fissure deep of a huge rock descends, Eating its quiet way for many a year; The guide and I that hidden road to test, And in the bright world...
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