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Dante's Inferno

Dante's Inferno - 93 edition

Dante's Inferno - 93 edition

ISBN13: 9780880013734

ISBN10: 0880013737

Edition: 93
Copyright: 1993
Publisher: Ecco Press
Published: 1993
International: No

ISBN13: 9780880013734

ISBN10: 0880013737

Edition: 93


In the middle of the journey of our life where the straight road had been lost sight of.

How hard it is to say what it was like
in the thick of thickets, in a wood so dense and gnarled
the very thought of it renews my panic.

It is bitter almost as death itself is bitter.
But to rehearse the good it also brought me

How I got into it I cannot clearly say
for I was moving like a sleepwalker
the moment I stepped out of the right way,

But when I came to the bottom of a hill
standing off at the far end of that valley
where a great terror had disheartened me
already in the rays of the planet
which leads and keeps men straight on every road.

Then I sensed a quiet influence settling
into those depths in me that had been rocked
and pitifully troubled all night long

And as a survivorgasping on,the sand
turns his head back to study in a daze
the dangerous combers, so my mind

Turned back, although it was reeling forward,
back to inspect a pass that had proved fatal
heretofore to everyone who entered.
then began to climb up the waste slopes once more
with my firm foot always the lower one beneath me

When suddenly the spotted fluent shape
of a leopard crossed my path
not far up from the bottom of the slope,

Harrying me, confronting my advance,
loping round me, leaping in my face
so that I turned back downhill more than once.

The morning was beginning all above,
the sun was rising up among the stars
that rose with him when the Divine Love

First set those lovely things in motion,
so I was encouraged to face with better hope
the beast skipping in its merry skin