Dante's Inferno

Dante's Inferno

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Canto I

Midway upon the journey of our life

  I found myself within a forest dark,

  For the straightforward pathway had been lost.

Ah me! how hard a thing it is to say

  What was this forest savage, rough, and stern,

  Which in the very thought renews the fear.

So bitter is it, death is little more;

  But of the good to treat, which there I found,

  Speak will I of the other things I saw there.

I cannot well repeat how there I entered,

  So full was I of slumber at the moment

  In which I had abandoned the true way.

But after I had reached a mountain's foot,

  At that point where the valley terminated,

  Which had with consternation pierced my heart,

Upward I looked, and I beheld its shoulders,

  Vested already with that planet's rays

  Which leadeth others right by every road.

Then was the fear a little quieted

  That in my heart's lake had endured throughout

  The night, which I had passed so piteously.

And even as he, who, with distressful breath,

  Forth iss...

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