Summary: In the middle of the journey of our life already in the rays of the planet then began to climb up the waste slopes once more
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 ...show moremoving 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
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.
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
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already in the rays of the planet
then began to climb up the waste slopes once more