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Canto I. The Dark Forest. The Hill of Difficulty. The Panther, the Lion, and the Wolf. Virgil. Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest darkà

Canto II. The Descent. Dante's Protest and Virgil's Appeal. The Intercession of the Three Ladies Benedight. Day was departing, and the embrowned air Released the animals that are on earth Fromà

Canto III. The Gate of Hell. The Inefficient or Indifferent. Pope Celestine V. The Shores of Acheron. Charon. The Earthquake and the Swoon. |Through me the way is to the city dolentà

Canto IV. The First Circle, Limbo: Virtuous Pagans and the Unbaptized. The Four Poets, Homer, Horace, Ovid, and Lucan. The Noble Castle of Philosophy. Broke the deep lethargy within my head A heavy thunderà

Canto V. The Second Circle: The Wanton. Minos. The Infernal Hurricane. Francesca da Rimini. Thus I descended out of the first circle Down to the secondà

Canto VI. The Third Circle: The Gluttonous. Cerberus. The Eternal Rain. Ciacco. Florence. At the return of consciousness, that closed Before the pity of those two relationsà

Canto VII. The Fourth Circle: The Avaricious and the Prodigal. Plutus. Fortune and her Wheel. The Fifth Circle: The Irascible and the Sullen. Styx. |Pape Satan, Pape Satan, Aleppe!| Thus Plutus with his clucking voice beganà

Canto VIII. Phlegyas. Philippo Argenti. The Gate of the City of Dis. I say, continuing, that long before We to the foot of that high tower hadà

Canto IX. The Furies and Medusa. The Angel. The City of Dis. The Sixth Circle: Heresiarchs. That hue which cowardice brought out on me, Beholding my Conductor backward turnà

Canto X. Farinata and Cavalcante de' Cavalcanti. Discourse on the Knowledge of the Damned. Now onward goes, along a narrow path Between the torments and the city wallà

Canto XI. The Broken Rocks. Pope Anastasius. General Description of the Inferno and its Divisions. Upon the margin of a lofty bank Which great rocks broken in a circle madeà

Canto XII. The Minotaur. The Seventh Circle: The Violent. The River Phlegethon. The Violent against their Neighbours. The Centaurs. Tyrants. The place where to descend the bank we came Was alpineà

Canto XIII. The Wood of Thorns. The Harpies. The Violent against themselves. Suicides. Pier della Vigna. Lano and Jacopo da Sant' Andrea. Not yet had Nessus reached the other side, When we had put ourselves within aà

Canto XIV. The Sand Waste and the Rain of Fire. The Violent against God. Capaneus. The Statue of Time, and the Four Infernal Rivers. Because the charity of my native place Constrained meà

Canto XV. The Violent against Nature. Brunetto Latini. Now bears us onward one of the hard marginsà

Canto XVI. Guidoguerra, Aldobrandi, and Rusticucci. Cataract of the River of Blood. Now was I where was heard the reverberation Of water falling into the next roundà

Canto XVII. Geryon. The Violent against Art. Usurers. Descent into the Abyss of Malebolge. |Behold the monster with the pointed tail, Who cleaves the hillsà

Canto XVIII. The Eighth Circle, Malebolge: The Fraudulent and the Malicious. The First Bolgia: Seducers and Panderers. Venedico Caccianimico. Jason. The Second Bolgia: Flatterers. Allessio Interminelli. Thais. There is a place in Hell called Malebolge, Wh

Canto XIX. The Third Bolgia: Simoniacs. Pope Nicholas III. Dante's Reproof of corrupt Prelates. O Simon Magus, O forlorn disciples, Ye who the things of Godà

Canto XX. The Fourth Bolgia: Soothsayers. Amphiaraus, Tiresias, Aruns, Manto, Eryphylus, Michael Scott, Guido Bonatti, and Asdente. Virgil reproaches Dante's Pity. Mantua's Foundation. Of a new pain behoves me to make verses And give material to the twent

Canto XXI. The Fifth Bolgia: Peculators. The Elder of Santa Zita. Malacoda and other Devils. From bridge to bridge thus, speaking other things Of which my Comedy cares not toà

Canto XXII. Ciampolo, Friar Gomita, and Michael Zanche. The Malabranche quarrel. I have erewhile seen horsemen moving camp, Begin the stormingà

Canto XXIII. Escape from the Malabranche. The Sixth Bolgia: Hypocrites. Catalano and Loderingo. Caiaphas. Silent, alone, and without company We went, the one in frontà

Canto XXIV. The Seventh Bolgia: Thieves. Vanni Fucci. Serpents. In that part of the youthful year wherein The Sun his locks beneath Aquarius tempersà

Canto XXV. Vanni Fucci's Punishment. Agnello Brunelleschi, Buoso degli Abati, Puccio Sciancato, Cianfa de' Donati, and Guercio Cavalcanti. At the conclusion of his words, the thief Lifted his hands aloft with both theà

Canto XXVI. The Eighth Bolgia: Evil Counsellors. Ulysses and Diomed. Ulysses' Last Voyage. Rejoice, O Florence, since thou art so great, That over sea and land thou beatestà

Canto XXVII. Guido da Montefeltro. His deception by Pope Boniface VIII. Already was the flame erect and quiet, To speak no moreà

Canto XXVIII. The Ninth Bolgia: Schismatics. Mahomet and Ali. Pier da Medicina, Curio, Mosca, and Bertrand de Born. Who ever could, e'en with untrammelled words, Tell of the blood and of the woundsà

Canto XXIX. Geri del Bello. The Tenth Bolgia: Alchemists. Griffolino d' Arezzo and Capocchino. The many people and the divers wounds These eyes of mine had so inebriatedà

Canto XXX. Other Falsifiers or Forgers. Gianni Schicchi, Myrrha, Adam of Brescia, Potiphar's Wife, and Sinon of Troy. Twas at the time when Juno was enraged, For Semeleà

Canto XXXI. The Giants, Nimrod, Ephialtes, and Antaeus. Descent to Cocytus. One and the selfsame tongue first wounded me, So that it tinged the one cheekà

Canto XXXII. The Ninth Circle: Traitors. The Frozen Lake of Cocytus. First Division, Caina: Traitors to their Kindred. Camicion de' Pazzi. Second Division, Antenora: Traitors to their Country. Dante questions Bocca degli Abati. Buoso da Duera. If I had rh

Canto XXXIII. Count Ugolino and the Archbishop Ruggieri. The Death of Count Ugolino's Sons. Third Division of the Ninth Circle, Ptolomaea: Traitors to their Friends. Friar Alberigo, Branco d' Oria. His mouth uplifted from his grim repast, That sinnerà

Canto XXXIV. Fourth Division of the Ninth Circle, the Judecca: Traitors to their Lords and Benefactors. Lucifer, Judas Iscariot, Brutus, and Cassius. The Chasm of Lethe. The Ascent. |'Vexilla Regis prodeunt Inferni' Towards us; therefore look in front of

Canto I. The Shores of Purgatory. The Four Stars. Cato of Utica. The Rush. To run o'er better waters hoists its sail The little vessel of my genius nowà

Canto II. The Celestial Pilot. Casella. The Departure. Already had the sun the horizon reached Whose circle of meridian covers o'er Jerusalem withà

Canto III. Discourse on the Limits of Reason. The Foot of the Mountain. Those who died in Contumacy of Holy Church. Manfredi. Inasmuch as the instantaneous flight Had scattered them asunder o'er the plainà

Canto IV. Farther Ascent. Nature of the Mountain. The Negligent, who postponed Repentance till the last Hour. Belacqua. Whenever by delight or else by pain, That seizes any faculty of oursà

Canto V. Those who died by Violence, but repentant. Buonconte di Monfeltro. La Pia. I had already from those shades departed, And followed in the footsteps of my Guideà

Canto VI. Dante's Inquiry on Prayers for the Dead. Sordello. Italy. Whene'er is broken up the game of Zara, He who has lost remains behind despondentà

Canto VII. The Valley of Flowers. Negligent Princes. After the gracious and glad salutations Had three and four times been reiteratedà

Canto VIII. The Guardian Angels and the Serpent. Nino di Gallura. The Three Stars. Currado Malaspina. Twas now the hour that turneth back desire In those who sail the seaà

Canto IX. Dante's Dream of the Eagle. The Gate of Purgatory and the Angel. Seven P's. The Keys. The concubine of old Tithonus now Gleamed white upon the eastern balconyà

Canto X. The Needle's Eye. The First Circle: The Proud. The Sculptures on the Wall. When we had crossed the threshold of the door Which the perverted love of soulsà

Canto XI. The Humble Prayer. Omberto di Santafiore. Oderisi d' Agobbio. Provenzan Salvani. |Our Father, thou who dwellest in the heavens, Not circumscribedà

Canto XII. The Sculptures on the Pavement. Ascent to the Second Circle. Abreast, like oxen going in a yoke, I with that heavy-laden soul went onà

Canto XIII. The Second Circle: The Envious. Sapia of Siena. We were upon the summit of the stairs, Where for the second time is cutà

Canto XIV. Guido del Duca and Renier da Calboli. Cities of the Arno Valley. Denunciation of Stubbornness. |Who is this one that goes about our mountainà

Canto XV. The Third Circle: The Irascible. Dante's Visions. The Smoke. As much as 'twixt the close of the third hour And dawn of day appearethà

Canto XVI. Marco Lombardo. Lament over the State of the World. Darkness of hell, and of a night deprived Of every planet under a poor skyà

Canto XVII. Dante's Dream of Anger. The Fourth Circle: The Slothful. Virgil's Discourse of Love. Remember, Reader, if e'er in the Alps A mist o'ertook theeà

Canto XVIII. Virgil further discourses of Love and Free Will. The Abbot of San Zeno. An end had put unto his reasoning The lofty Teacherà

Canto XIX. Dante's Dream of the Siren. The Fifth Circle: The Avaricious and Prodigal. Pope Adrian V. It was the hour when the diurnal heat No more can warm the coldness ofà

Canto XX. Hugh Capet. Corruption of the French Crown. Prophecy of the Abduction of Pope Boniface VIII and the Sacrilege of Philip the Fair. The Earthquake. Ill strives the will against a better will; Thereforeà

Canto XXI. The Poet Statius. Praise of Virgil. The natural thirst, that ne'er is satisfied Excepting with the water for whose grace Theà

Canto XXII. Statius' Denunciation of Avarice. The Sixth Circle: The Gluttonous. The Mystic Tree. Already was the Angel left behind us, The Angel who to the sixth round hadà

Canto XXIII. Forese. Reproof of immodest Florentine Women. The while among the verdant leaves mine eyes I rivetedà

Canto XXIV. Buonagiunta da Lucca. Pope Martin IV, and others. Inquiry into the State of Poetry. Nor speech the going, nor the going that Slackenedà

Canto XXV. Discourse of Statius on Generation. The Seventh Circle: The Wanton. Now was it the ascent no hindrance brooked, Because the sun had his meridian circleà

Canto XXVI. Sodomites. Guido Guinicelli and Arnaldo Daniello. While on the brink thus one before the other We went upon our wayà

Canto XXVII. The Wall of Fire and the Angel of God. Dante's Sleep upon the Stairway, and his Dream of Leah and Rachel. Arrival at the Terrestrial Paradise. As when he vibrates forth his earliest rays, In regions where his Maker shed hisà

Canto XXVIII. The River Lethe. Matilda. The Nature of the Terrestrial Paradise. Eager already to search in and round The heavenly forestà

Canto XXIX. The Triumph of the Church. Singing like unto an enamoured lady She, with the ending of her wordsà

Canto XXX. Virgil's Departure. Beatrice. Dante's Shame. When the Septentrion of the highest heaven Which never either setting knew or risingà

Canto XXXI. Reproaches of Beatrice and Confession of Dante. The Passage of Lethe. The Seven Virtues. The Griffon. |O thou who art beyond the sacred river,| Turning to me the point of herà

Canto XXXII. The Tree of Knowledge. Allegory of the Chariot. So steadfast and attentive were mine eyes In satisfying their decennial thirstà

Canto XXXIII. Lament over the State of the Church. Final Reproaches of Beatrice. The River Eunoe. |Deus venerunt gentes,| alternating Now three, now four, melodious psalmody The maidens in the midstà

Canto I. The Ascent to the First Heaven. The Sphere of Fire. The glory of Him who moveth everything Doth penetrate the universeà

Canto II. The First Heaven, the Moon: Spirits who, having taken Sacred Vows, were forced to violate them. The Lunar Spots. O Ye, who in some pretty little boat, Eager to listenà

Canto III. Piccarda Donati and the Empress Constance. That Sun, which erst with love my bosom warmedà

Canto IV. Questionings of the Soul and of Broken Vows. Between two viands, equally removed And tempting, a free man would die of hunger Ereà

Canto V. Discourse of Beatrice on Vows and Compensations. Ascent to the Second Heaven, Mercury: Spirits who for the Love of Fame achieved great Deeds. |If in the heat of love I flame upon thee Beyond the measure that onà

Canto VI. Justinian. The Roman Eagle. The Empire. Romeo. |After that Constantine the eagle turned Against the course of heavenà

Canto VII. Beatrice's Discourse of the Crucifixion, the Incarnation, the Immortality of the Soul, and the Resurrection of the Body. |Osanna sanctus Deus Sabaoth, Superillustrans claritate tua Felices ignes horum malahoth!| In this wiseà

Canto VIII. Ascent to the Third Heaven, Venus: Lovers. Charles Martel. Discourse on diverse Natures. The world used in its peril to believe That the fair Cypria delirious love Rayedà

Canto IX. Cunizza da Romano, Folco of Marseilles, and Rahab. Neglect of the Holy Land. Beautiful Clemence, after that thy Charles Had me enlightenedà

Canto X. The Fourth Heaven, the Sun: Theologians and Fathers of the Church. The First Circle. St. Thomas of Aquinas. Looking into his Son with all the Love Which each of them eternally breathes forthà

Canto XI. St. Thomas recounts the Life of St. Francis. Lament over the State of the Dominican Order. O Thou insensate care of mortal men, How inconclusive are the syllogisms That make theeà

Canto XII. St. Buonaventura recounts the Life of St. Dominic. Lament over the State of the Franciscan Order. The Second Circle. Soon as the blessed flame had taken up The final word to give it utteranceà

Canto XIII. Of the Wisdom of Solomon. St. Thomas reproaches Dante's Judgement. Let him imagine, who would well conceive What now I sawà

Canto XIV. The Third Circle. Discourse on the Resurrection of the Flesh. The Fifth Heaven, Mars: Martyrs and Crusaders who died fighting for the true Faith. The Celestial Cross. From centre unto rim, from rim to centre, In a round vase the water movesà

Canto XV. Cacciaguida. Florence in the Olden Time. A will benign, in which reveals itself Ever the love that righteously inspiresà

Canto XVI. Dante's Noble Ancestry. Cacciaguida's Discourse of the Great Florentines. O thou our poor nobility of blood, If thou dost make the people glory inà

Canto XVII. Cacciaguida's Prophecy of Dante's Banishment. As came to Clymene, to be made certain Of that which he had heard againstà

Canto XVIII. The Sixth Heaven, Jupiter: Righteous Kings and Rulers. The Celestial Eagle. Dante's Invectives against ecclesiastical Avarice. Now was alone rejoicing in its word That soul beatifiedà

Canto XIX. The Eagle discourses of Salvation, Faith, and Virtue. Condemnation of the vile Kings of A.D. 1300. Appeared before me with its wings outspread The beautiful image that in sweet fruition Madeà

Canto XX. The Eagle praises the Righteous Kings of old. Benevolence of the Divine Will. When he who all the world illuminates Out of our hemisphere so far descends Thatà

Canto XXI. The Seventh Heaven, Saturn: The Contemplative. The Celestial Stairway. St. Peter Damiano. His Invectives against the Luxury of the Prelates. Already on my Lady's face mine eyes Again were fastenedà

Canto XXII. St. Benedict. His Lamentation over the Corruption of Monks. The Eighth Heaven, the Fixed Stars. Oppressed with stupor, I unto my guide Turned like a little child who always runsà

Canto XXIII. The Triumph of Christ. The Virgin Mary. The Apostles. Gabriel. Even as a bird, 'mid the beloved leaves, Quiet upon the nest of her sweetà

Canto XXIV. The Radiant Wheel. St. Peter examines Dante on Faith. |O company elect to the great supper Of the Lamb benedightà

Canto XXV. The Laurel Crown. St. James examines Dante on Hope. Dante's Blindness. If e'er it happen that the Poem Sacred, To which both heaven and earth haveà

Canto XXVI. St. John examines Dante on Charity. Dante's Sight. Adam. While I was doubting for my vision quenched, Out of the flame refulgent that hadà

Canto XXVII. St. Peter's reproof of bad Popes. The Ascent to the Ninth Heaven, the 'Primum Mobile.' |Glory be to the Father, to the Son, And Holy Ghost!| all Paradise beganà

Canto XXVIII. God and the Angelic Hierarchies. After the truth against the present life Of miserable mortals was unfolded By her whoà

Canto XXIX. Beatrice's Discourse of the Creation of the Angels, and of the Fall of Lucifer. Her Reproof of Foolish and Avaricious Preachers. At what time both the children of Latona, Surmounted by the Ram and by theà

Canto XXX. The Tenth Heaven, or Empyrean. The River of Light. The Two Courts of Heaven. The White Rose of Paradise. The great Throne. Perchance six thousand miles remote from us Is glowing the sixth hourà

Canto XXXI. The Glory of Paradise. Departure of Beatrice. St. Bernard. In fashion then as of a snow-white rose Displayed itself to me the saintly hostà

Canto XXXII. St. Bernard points out the Saints in the White Rose. Absorbed in his delight, that contemplator Assumed the willing office of a teacherà

Canto XXXIII. Prayer to the Virgin. The Threefold Circle of the Trinity. Mystery of the Divine and Human Nature. |Thou Virgin Mother, daughter of thy Son, Humble and high beyond all other creatureà



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