Divine Comedy
Divine Comedy
Dante Alighieri

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Inferno

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 dark…

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 From…

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 dolent…

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 thunder…

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 second…

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 relations…

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 began…

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 had…

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 turn…

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 wall…

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 made…

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 alpine…

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 a…

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 me…

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

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 round…

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

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, Wholly of stone and of an iron…

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 God…

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 twentieth…

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 to…

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

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

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

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 the…

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 beatest…

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

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 wounds…

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 inebriated…

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 Semele…

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 cheek…

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 rhymes both rough and stridulous, As were appropriate to the dismal hole…

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 sinner…

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 thee…

Purgatorio

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 now…

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

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 plain…

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 ours…

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 Guide…

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 despondent…

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

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 sea…

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 balcony…

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 souls…

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

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 on…

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

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 mountain…

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 appeareth…

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 sky…

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 thee…

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

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 of…

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; Therefore…

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

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 had…

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

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

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 circle…

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

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 his…

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

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

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

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 her…

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

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 midst…

Paradiso

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

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 listen…

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

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

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 on…

Canto VI. Justinian. The Roman Eagle. The Empire. Romeo. "After that Constantine the eagle turned Against the course of heaven…

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 wise…

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 Rayed…

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

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 forth…

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 thee…

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 utterance…

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

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 moves…

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

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 in…

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

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 beatified…

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 Made…

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 That…

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 fastened…

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 runs…

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 sweet…

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

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 have…

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 had…

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 began…

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

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 the…

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 hour…

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 host…

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

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 creature…

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