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Open without impediment it flew.
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This said, he turn’d back o'er the filthy way,
Their lids all hung suspended, and beneath
I thus : “ Master! say who are these, interr’d
Are different in degrees of heat.” This said,
Now by a secret pathway we proceed,
“Virtue supreme !
They shall be closed all, what-time they liere
15 Who with the body make the spirit die. Here therefore satisfaction shall be soon Both to the question ask'd, and to the wish, Which thou conceal'st in silence." I replied : “I keep not, guide belov'd! from thee my heart
20 Secreted, but to shun vain length of words, A lesson erewhile taught me by thyself.”
“O Tuscan! thou who through the city of fire Alive art passing, so discreet of speech! Here please thee stay awhile. Thy utterance
25 Declares the place of thy nativity To be that noble land, with which perchance I too severely dealt.” Sudden that sound Forth issu'd from a vault, whereat in fear I somewhat closer to my leader's side
30 Approaching, he thus spake: “What dost thou ? Turn. Lo, Farinata, there! who hath himself Uplifted : from his girdle upwards all
Expos'd behold him.” On his face was mine
He, soon as there I stood at the tomb's foot, 40
I, willing to obey him, straight reveald
He at once
“And if," continuing the first discourse,
They in this art,” he cried, “small skill have shown, 75 That doth torment me more e'en than this bed. But not yet fifty times shall be relum’d Her aspect, who reigns here Queen of this realm, Ere thou shalt know the full weight of that art. So to the pleasant world mayst thou return,
80 As thou shalt tell me, why in all their laws, Against my kin this people is so fell?”
“The slaughter and great havoc," I replied, “ That colour'd Arbia's flood with crimson stainTo these impute, that in our hallow'd dome
85 Such orisons ascend.” Sighing he shook The head, then thus resum’d: “In that affray I stood not singly, nor without just cause Assuredly should with the rest have stirr’d; But singly there I stood, when by consent
90 Of all, Florence had to the ground been raz'd, The one who openly forbad the deed.”
“So may thy lineage find at last repose, ” I thus adjur'd him, “as thou solve this knot, Which now involves my mind. If right I hear, 95 Ye seem to view beforehand, that which time Leads with him, of the present uninform'd."
“We view, as one who hath an evil sight,” He answer'd, “plainly, objects far remote: So much of his large spendour yet imparts
100 The' Almighty Ruler; but when they approach Or actually exist, our intellect Then wholly fails, nor of your
human state Except what others bring us know we rught. Hence therefore mayst thou understand, that all 105 Our knowledge in that instant shall expire, When on futurity the portals close.”
Then conscious of my fault, and by remorse Smitten, I added thus: “Now shalt thou
say To him there fallen, that his offspring still
110 Is to the living join'd ; and bid him know, That if from answer silent I abstain’d, 'Twas that my thought was occupied intent
Upon that error, which thy help bath solvid."
115 I heard, and with more eager haste besought The spirit to inform me, who with him Partook his lot. He answer thus return’d: “ More than a thousand with me here are laid. Within is Frederick, second of that name,
120 And the Lord Cardinal, and of the rest I speak not.” He, this said, from sight withdrew. But I my steps towards the ancient bard Reverting, ruminated on the words Betokening me such ill. Onward he mov'd,
125 And thus in going question’d : “Whence the amaze That holds thy senses wrapt?” I satisfied The' inquiry, and the sage enjoin'd me straight : “Let thy safe memory store what thou hast heard To thee importing harm; and note thou this,"
130 With his rais’d finger bidding me take heed, “ When thou shalt stand before her gracious beam, Whose bright eye all surveys, she of thy life The future tenour will to thee unfold.”
Forthwith he to the left hand turn'd his feet: 135 We left the wall, and tow'rds the middle space Went by a path, that to a valley strikes ; Which e’en thus high exhal'd its noisome steam.
Upon the utmost verge of a high bank,