Dante's Inferno

  • Inferno: Canto I

  • Dante

    Midway upon the journey of our life

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  • I found myself within a forest dark,

  • For the straightforward pathway had been lost.

  • Dante

    Ah me! how hard a thing it is to say

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  • What was this forest savage, rough, and stern,

  • Which in the very thought renews the fear.

  • Dante

    So bitter is it, death is little more;

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

  • Speak will I of the other things I saw there.

  • Dante

    I cannot well repeat how there I entered,

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  • So full was I of slumber at the moment

  • In which I had abandoned the true way.

  • Dante

    But after I had reached a mountain's foot,

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  • At that point where the valley terminated,

  • Which had with consternation pierced my heart,

  • Dante

    Upward I looked, and I beheld its shoulders,

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  • Vested already with that planet's rays

  • Which leadeth others right by every road.

  • Dante

    Then was the fear a little quieted

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