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THE DIVINE COMEDY Dantes Inferno Dante Alighieri

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… But to retell the good discovered there, Canto I found myself within a shadowed forest …. Canto I'll also tell the other things I saw. Canto 1.009

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THE DIVINE COMEDY Dantes Inferno Dante Alighieri Abandon all hope ye who enter here. Canto 3.009 But to retell the good discovered there, Canto I found myself within a shadowed forest . Canto I'll also tell the other things I saw. Canto 1.009 THROUGH ME THE WAY INTO THE SUFFERING CITY, THROUGH ME THE WAY TO THE ETERNAL PAIN, THROUGH ME THE WAY THAT RUNS AMONG THE LOST. Canto 3.003 DARK FOREST I had no regard for my eternal future this is a journey, for my souls sake, it must endure. In effort of redemption, His intentions sincere, my pilgrimage through this hellish nightmare Here Light and Love hide, remain aloof here darkness invades these souls to their roots trapped here in Limbo, wretched inferno the devils nine layers of hell 2 nd CIRCLE Lust The lusty and carnal who betrayed reason for pleasure, are caught up in this tempest of sensual displeasure. Here, there, up, down, whirling, they whirl, they strain, With not a hope of release, but even of less pain. Lust 3 rd CIRCLE GLUTTONY Gluttony 4 th CIRCLE HOARDERS & WASTERS The fourth sphere contains those who in their lives were squint-eyed, miserly, skewed in their minds. Their love of money supersede all reason. They lost their identity, this was their treason. 4 th CIRCLE Hoarders & Wasters Forced to roll stones in opposite bands of a circle Till they meet and crash, rendezvous, in unending cycles. One screams, Why do you hoard ? The other, Why do you waste? Eternally they crash and meet, eternally their fate. 3 rd CIRCLE Gluttony 4 th CIRCLE ANGRY & SULLEN Trapped in circle five, the sludge of the Styx Lie souls of the wrathful, violent, and wretched Climbing, then sinking, they scramble and smother Doomed to spend eternity pulverizing one another Wrathful And here, too, youll find the depressed and sad-choked In the glory of His shining their hearts poured a bitter smoke They said, Once in the air made sweet by the sun Sullen are we here, but sullen were we begun. Sullen, Depressed He governs everywhere, but rules from there; there is His city, His high capital: o happy those He chooses to be there!" While I retreated down to lower ground, before my eyes there suddenly appeared one who seemed faint because of the long silence Canto When I saw him in that vast wilderness, "Have pity on me," were the words I cried, "whatever you may bea shade, a man. Canto He answered me: "Not man; I once was man. Canto "And are you then that Virgil ? "O light and honor of all other poets Canto "O poet-by that God whom you had never come to know-I beg you, that I may flee this evil and worse evils Canto 1.132 where you shall hear the howls of desperation and see the ancient spirits in their pain, as each of them laments his second death Canto I think and judge it best for you to follow me, and I shall guide you, taking you from this place through an eternal place Canto "It is another path that you must take," he answered when he saw my tearfulness, "if you would leave this savage wilderness Canto 1.093