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Dante's Paradiso: The Vision of Paradise from The Divine by Dante Alighieri

By Dante Alighieri

Paradiso is the 3rd and ultimate a part of Italian poet Dante Alighieri's epic poem Divine Comedy and describes Dante's trip via heaven. he's now led via Beatrice, who joined him on the finish of Purgatorio.

Beatrice takes Dante into the 9 celestial spheres of Heaven. From the 1st Sphere, the place they locate those that have been strong yet didn't preserve their vows, to the 9th Sphere and the Empyrean, the house of the angels and God, Dante studies the benefits given to people who stay a lifestyles devoted to God. Dante wrote his narrative poem among 1308 and 1321.

This model is taken from a 1901 English version, that includes British writer Rev. H. F. Cary's clean verse translation and woodcut illustrations by means of French artist Gustave Doré.

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Further on, Where flames the arduous Spirit of Isidore, Of Bede, and Richard, more than man, erewhile, In deep discernment. Lastly this, from whom Thy look on me reverteth, was the beam Of one, whose spirit, on high musings bent, Rebuk’d the ling’ring tardiness of death. ” Forthwith, As clock, that calleth up the spouse of God To win her bridegroom’s love at matin’s hour, Each part of other fitly drawn and urg’d, Sends out a tinkling sound, of note so sweet, Affection springs in well-disposed breast; Thus saw I move the glorious wheel, thus heard Voice answ’ring voice, so musical and soft, It can be known but where day endless shines.

But it is part of our delight, to measure Our wages with the merit; and admire The close proportion. Hence doth heav’nly justice Temper so evenly affection in us, It ne’er can warp to any wrongfulness. Of diverse voices is sweet music made: So in our life the different degrees Render sweet harmony among these wheels. “Within the pearl, that now encloseth us, Shines Romeo’s light, whose goodly deed and fair Met ill acceptance. But the Provencals, That were his foes, have little cause for mirth. Ill shapes that man his course, who makes his wrong Of other’s worth.

Knowledge comes Of learning well retain’d, unfruitful else. “This sacrifice in essence of two things Consisteth; one is that, whereof ’t is made, The covenant the other. For the last, It ne’er is cancell’d if not kept: and hence I spake erewhile so strictly of its force. For this it was enjoin’d the Israelites, Though leave were giv’n them, as thou know’st, to change The offering, still to offer. Th’ other part, The matter and the substance of the vow, May well be such, to that without offence It may for other substance be exchang’d.

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