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The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXXIII The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXXIII

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXXIII
CANTO XXXIII"The heathen, Lord! are come!" responsive thus,The trinal now, and now the virgin bandQuaternion, their sweet psalmody began,Weeping; and Beatrice listen'd, sadAnd sighing, to the song', in such a mood,That Mary, as she stood beside the cross,Was scarce more chang'd. But when they gave her placeTo speak, then, risen upright on her feet,She, with a colour glowing bright as fire,Did answer: "Yet a little while, and yeShall see me not; and, my beloved sisters,Again a little while, and ye shall see me." Before her then she marshall'd all the seven,And, beck'ning only motion'd me, the dame,And that remaining sage,... Poems - Post by : CBpro - Date : July 2011 - Author : Dante Alighieri - Read : 1729

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXXII The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXXII

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXXII
CANTO XXXIIMine eyes with such an eager coveting,Were bent to rid them of their ten years' thirst,No other sense was waking: and e'en theyWere fenc'd on either side from heed of aught;So tangled in its custom'd toils that smileOf saintly brightness drew me to itself,When forcibly toward the left my sightThe sacred virgins turn'd; for from their lipsI heard the warning sounds: "Too fix'd a gaze!" Awhile my vision labor'd; as when lateUpon the' o'erstrained eyes the sun hath smote:But soon to lesser object, as the viewWas now recover'd (lesser in respectTo that excess of sensible, whence lateI had perforce... Poems - Post by : 37713 - Date : July 2011 - Author : Dante Alighieri - Read : 1674

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXXI The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXXI

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXXI
CANTO XXXI"O Thou!" her words she thus without delayResuming, turn'd their point on me, to whomThey but with lateral edge seem'd harsh before,"Say thou, who stand'st beyond the holy stream,If this be true. A charge so grievous needsThine own avowal." On my facultySuch strange amazement hung, the voice expir'dImperfect, ere its organs gave it birth. A little space refraining, then she spake:"What dost thou muse on? Answer me. The waveOn thy remembrances of evil yetHath done no injury." A mingled senseOf fear and of confusion, from my lipsDid such a "Yea" produce, as needed helpOf vision to interpret. As when... Poems - Post by : coinn - Date : July 2011 - Author : Dante Alighieri - Read : 3594

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXX The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXX

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXX
CANTO XXXSoon as the polar light, which never knowsSetting nor rising, nor the shadowy veilOf other cloud than sin, fair ornamentOf the first heav'n, to duty each one thereSafely convoying, as that lower dothThe steersman to his port, stood firmly fix'd;Forthwith the saintly tribe, who in the vanBetween the Gryphon and its radiance came,Did turn them to the car, as to their rest:And one, as if commission'd from above,In holy chant thrice shorted forth aloud:"Come, spouse, from Libanus!" and all the restTook up the song--At the last audit soThe blest shall rise, from forth his cavern eachUplifting lightly his new-vested flesh,As,... Poems - Post by : Di_Weslio - Date : July 2011 - Author : Dante Alighieri - Read : 3172

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXIX The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXIX

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXIX
CANTO XXIXSinging, as if enamour'd, she resum'dAnd clos'd the song, with "Blessed they whose sinsAre cover'd." Like the wood-nymphs then, that tripp'dSingly across the sylvan shadows, oneEager to view and one to 'scape the sun,So mov'd she on, against the current, upThe verdant rivage. I, her mincing stepObserving, with as tardy step pursued. Between us not an hundred paces trod,The bank, on each side bending equally,Gave me to face the orient. Nor our wayFar onward brought us, when to me at onceShe turn'd, and cried: "My brother! look and hearken."And lo! a sudden lustre ran acrossThrough the great forest on... Poems - Post by : redeemer - Date : July 2011 - Author : Dante Alighieri - Read : 2674

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXVIII The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXVIII

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXVIII
CANTO XXVIIIThrough that celestial forest, whose thick shadeWith lively greenness the new-springing dayAttemper'd, eager now to roam, and searchIts limits round, forthwith I left the bank,Along the champain leisurely my wayPursuing, o'er the ground, that on all sidesDelicious odour breath'd. A pleasant air,That intermitted never, never veer'd,Smote on my temples, gently, as a windOf softest influence: at which the sprays,Obedient all, lean'd trembling to that partWhere first the holy mountain casts his shade,Yet were not so disorder'd, but that stillUpon their top the feather'd quiristersApplied their wonted art, and with full joyWelcom'd those hours of prime, and warbled shrillAmid the leaves,... Poems - Post by : jason - Date : July 2011 - Author : Dante Alighieri - Read : 2688

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXVII The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXVII

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXVII
CANTO XXVIINow was the sun so station'd, as when firstHis early radiance quivers on the heights,Where stream'd his Maker's blood, while Libra hangsAbove Hesperian Ebro, and new firesMeridian flash on Ganges' yellow tide. So day was sinking, when the' angel of GodAppear'd before us. Joy was in his mien.Forth of the flame he stood upon the brink,And with a voice, whose lively clearness farSurpass'd our human, "Blessed are the pureIn heart," he Sang: then near him as we came,"Go ye not further, holy spirits!" he cried,"Ere the fire pierce you: enter in; and listAttentive to the song ye hear from... Poems - Post by : vernpet - Date : July 2011 - Author : Dante Alighieri - Read : 3544

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXVI The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXVI

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXVI
CANTO XXVIWhile singly thus along the rim we walk'd,Oft the good master warn'd me: "Look thou well.Avail it that I caution thee." The sunNow all the western clime irradiate chang'dFrom azure tinct to white; and, as I pass'd,My passing shadow made the umber'd flameBurn ruddier. At so strange a sight I mark'dThat many a spirit marvel'd on his way. This bred occasion first to speak of me,"He seems," said they, "no insubstantial frame:"Then to obtain what certainty they might,Stretch'd towards me, careful not to overpassThe burning pale. "O thou, who followestThe others, haply not more slow than they,But mov'd by... Poems - Post by : Laurence - Date : July 2011 - Author : Dante Alighieri - Read : 1157

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXV The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXV

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXV
CANTO XXVIt was an hour, when he who climbs, had needTo walk uncrippled: for the sun had nowTo Taurus the meridian circle left,And to the Scorpion left the night. As oneThat makes no pause, but presses on his road,Whate'er betide him, if some urgent needImpel: so enter'd we upon our way,One before other; for, but singly, noneThat steep and narrow scale admits to climb. E'en as the young stork lifteth up his wingThrough wish to fly, yet ventures not to quitThe nest, and drops it; so in me desireOf questioning my guide arose, and fell,Arriving even to the act, that... Poems - Post by : madonnafra - Date : July 2011 - Author : Dante Alighieri - Read : 1123

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXIV The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXIV

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXIV
CANTO XXIVOur journey was not slacken'd by our talk,Nor yet our talk by journeying. Still we spake,And urg'd our travel stoutly, like a shipWhen the wind sits astern. The shadowy forms, That seem'd things dead and dead again, drew inAt their deep-delved orbs rare wonder of me,Perceiving I had life; and I my wordsContinued, and thus spake; "He journeys upPerhaps more tardily then else he would,For others' sake. But tell me, if thou know'st,Where is Piccarda? Tell me, if I seeAny of mark, among this multitude,Who eye me thus."--"My sister (she for whom,'Twixt beautiful and good I cannot sayWhich name... Poems - Post by : Devslink - Date : July 2011 - Author : Dante Alighieri - Read : 2685

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXIII The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXIII

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXIII
CANTO XXIIIOn the green leaf mine eyes were fix'd, like hisWho throws away his days in idle chaseOf the diminutive, when thus I heardThe more than father warn me: "Son! our timeAsks thriftier using. Linger not: away." Thereat my face and steps at once I turn'dToward the sages, by whose converse cheer'dI journey'd on, and felt no toil: and lo!A sound of weeping and a song: "My lips,O Lord!" and these so mingled, it gave birthTo pleasure and to pain. "O Sire, belov'd!Say what is this I hear?" Thus I inquir'd. "Spirits," said he, "who as they go, perchance,Their... Poems - Post by : susan - Date : July 2011 - Author : Dante Alighieri - Read : 2274

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXII The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXII

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXII
CANTO XXIINow we had left the angel, who had turn'dTo the sixth circle our ascending step,One gash from off my forehead raz'd: while they,Whose wishes tend to justice, shouted forth:"Blessed!" and ended with, "I thirst:" and I,More nimble than along the other straits,So journey'd, that, without the sense of toil,I follow'd upward the swift-footed shades;When Virgil thus began: "Let its pure flameFrom virtue flow, and love can never failTo warm another's bosom' so the lightShine manifestly forth. Hence from that hour,When 'mongst us in the purlieus of the deep,Came down the spirit of Aquinum's hard,Who told of thine affection, my good... Poems - Post by : 1mauigirl - Date : July 2011 - Author : Dante Alighieri - Read : 3223

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXI The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXI

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XXI
CANTO XXIThe natural thirst, ne'er quench'd but from the well,Whereof the woman of Samaria crav'd,Excited: haste along the cumber'd path,After my guide, impell'd; and pity mov'dMy bosom for the 'vengeful deed, though just.When lo! even as Luke relates, that ChristAppear'd unto the two upon their way,New-risen from his vaulted grave; to usA shade appear'd, and after us approach'd,Contemplating the crowd beneath its feet.We were not ware of it; so first it spake,Saying, "God give you peace, my brethren!" thenSudden we turn'd: and Virgil such salute,As fitted that kind greeting, gave, and cried:"Peace in the blessed council be thy lotAwarded by that... Poems - Post by : Tony_Robinson - Date : July 2011 - Author : Dante Alighieri - Read : 2310

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XX The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XX

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XX
CANTO XXIll strives the will, 'gainst will more wise that strivesHis pleasure therefore to mine own preferr'd,I drew the sponge yet thirsty from the wave. Onward I mov'd: he also onward mov'd,Who led me, coasting still ver placeAlong the rock was vacant, as a manWalks near the battlements on narrow wall.For those on th' other part, who drop by dropWring out their all-infecting malady,Too closely press the verge. Accurst be thou!Inveterate wolf! whose gorge ingluts more prey,Than every beast beside, yet is not fill'd!So bottomless thy maw!--Ye spheres of heaven!To whom there are, as seems, who attributeAll change in mortal... Poems - Post by : chilemann - Date : July 2011 - Author : Dante Alighieri - Read : 2172

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XIX The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XIX

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XIX
CANTO XIXIt was the hour, when of diurnal heatNo reliques chafe the cold beams of the moon,O'erpower'd by earth, or planetary swayOf Saturn; and the geomancer seesHis Greater Fortune up the east ascend,Where gray dawn checkers first the shadowy cone;When 'fore me in my dream a woman's shapeThere came, with lips that stammer'd, eyes aslant,Distorted feet, hands maim'd, and colour pale. I look'd upon her; and as sunshine cheersLimbs numb'd by nightly cold, e'en thus my lookUnloos'd her tongue, next in brief space her formDecrepit rais'd erect, and faded faceWith love's own hue illum'd. Recov'ring speechShe forthwith warbling such a... Poems - Post by : exolis - Date : July 2011 - Author : Dante Alighieri - Read : 1434

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XVIII The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XVIII

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XVIII
CANTO XVIIIThe teacher ended, and his high discourseConcluding, earnest in my looks inquir'dIf I appear'd content; and I, whom stillUnsated thirst to hear him urg'd, was mute,Mute outwardly, yet inwardly I said:"Perchance my too much questioning offends"But he, true father, mark'd the secret wishBy diffidence restrain'd, and speaking, gaveMe boldness thus to speak: 'Master, my SightGathers so lively virtue from thy beams,That all, thy words convey, distinct is seen.Wherefore I pray thee, father, whom this heartHolds dearest! thou wouldst deign by proof t' unfoldThat love, from which as from their source thou bring'stAll good deeds and their opposite.'" He then:"To what... Poems - Post by : David_Cash - Date : July 2011 - Author : Dante Alighieri - Read : 1061

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XVII The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XVII

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XVII
CANTO XVIICall to remembrance, reader, if thou e'erHast, on a mountain top, been ta'en by cloud,Through which thou saw'st no better, than the moleDoth through opacous membrane; then, whene'erThe wat'ry vapours dense began to meltInto thin air, how faintly the sun's sphereSeem'd wading through them; so thy nimble thoughtMay image, how at first I re-beheldThe sun, that bedward now his couch o'erhung. Thus with my leader's feet still equaling paceFrom forth that cloud I came, when now expir'dThe parting beams from off the nether shores. O quick and forgetive power! that sometimes dostSo rob us of ourselves, we take... Poems - Post by : widodo - Date : July 2011 - Author : Dante Alighieri - Read : 1583

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XVI The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XVI

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XVI
CANTO XVIHell's dunnest gloom, or night unlustrous, dark,Of every planes 'reft, and pall'd in clouds,Did never spread before the sight a veilIn thickness like that fog, nor to the senseSo palpable and gross. Ent'ring its shade,Mine eye endured not with unclosed lids;Which marking, near me drew the faithful guide,Offering me his shoulder for a stay. As the blind man behind his leader walks,Lest he should err, or stumble unawaresOn what might harm him, or perhaps destroy,I journey'd through that bitter air and foul,Still list'ning to my escort's warning voice,"Look that from me thou part not." Straight I heardVoices, and each... Poems - Post by : keeone - Date : July 2011 - Author : Dante Alighieri - Read : 722

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XV The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XV

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XV
CANTO XVAs much as 'twixt the third hour's close and dawn,Appeareth of heav'n's sphere, that ever whirlsAs restless as an infant in his play,So much appear'd remaining to the sunOf his slope journey towards the western goal. Evening was there, and here the noon of night;and full upon our forehead smote the beams.For round the mountain, circling, so our pathHad led us, that toward the sun-set nowDirect we journey'd: when I felt a weightOf more exceeding splendour, than before,Press on my front. The cause unknown, amazePossess'd me, and both hands against my browLifting, I interpos'd them, as a screen,That of... Poems - Post by : gg0008 - Date : July 2011 - Author : Dante Alighieri - Read : 3249

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XIV The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XIV

The Vision Of Purgatory - CANTO XIV
CANTO XIV"Say who is he around our mountain winds,Or ever death has prun'd his wing for flight,That opes his eyes and covers them at will?" "I know not who he is, but know thus muchHe comes not singly. Do thou ask of him,For thou art nearer to him, and take heedAccost him gently, so that he may speak." Thus on the right two Spirits bending eachToward the other, talk'd of me, then bothAddressing me, their faces backward lean'd,And thus the one began: "O soul, who yetPent in the body, tendest towards the sky!For charity, we pray thee' comfort us,Recounting... Poems - Post by : shaulb - Date : July 2011 - Author : Dante Alighieri - Read : 1404