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One and the selfsame tongue
first wounded me,
So that it tinged the one cheek
and the other,
And then held out to me the medicine
Thus do I hear that once Achilles
His and his father
's, used to be the cause
First of a sad and then a gracious
We turned our backs upon the wretched valley,
Upon the bank that girds it round about,
Going across it without any speech.
There it was less than night, and less than day,
So that my sight went little in advance
But I could hear the blare of a loud horn,
So loud it would have made each thunder faint,
Which, counter to it following its way,
Mine eyes directed wholly to one place.
After the dolorous discomfiture
the holy emprise lost,
So terribly Orlando
Short while my head turned thitherward I held
When many lofty towers I seemed to see,
Whereat I: "Master
, say, what town is this?"
And he to me: "Because thou peerest forth
Athwart the darkness at too great a distance
It happens that thou errest in thy fancy
thou see, if thou arrivest there,
How much the sense deceives itself by distance
Therefore a little faster spur thee on."
Then tenderly he took me by the hand,
And said: "Before we farther have advanced,
That the reality
may seem to thee
Less strange, know that these are not towers, but giant
And they are in the well, around the bank,
From navel downward, one and all of them."
As, when the fog is vanishing
Little by little
doth the sight refigure
Whate'er the mist that crowds the air conceals,
So, piercing through the dense and darksome air,
More and more near approaching tow'rd the verge,
My error fled, and fear
came over me;
Because as on its circular parapets
crowns itself with towers,
E'en thus the margin which surrounds the well
With one half of their bodies
The horrible giant
s, whom Jove
E'en now from out the Heaven
s when he thunders.
And I of one already saw the face,
, and breast
, and great part of the belly,
And down along his sides both of the arms.
, when she left the making
Of animals like these, did well indeed,
By taking such executors from Mars
And if of elephants
she doth not
Repent her, whosoever looketh subtly
More just and more discreet
will hold her for it;
For where the argument
Is added unto evil will
No rampart can the people make against it.
His face appeared to me as long and large
As is at Rome
of Saint Peter's
And in proportion were the other bones
So that the margin, which an apron
Down from the middle, showed so much of him
Above it, that to reach up to his hair
For I beheld thirty great palms
Down from the place where man his mantle buckles
"Raphael mai amech izabi almi
Began to clamour the ferocious mouth,
To which were not befitting sweeter psalms.
And unto him my Guide
Keep to thy horn, and vent thyself with that,
or other passion
Search round thy neck
, and thou wilt find the belt
Which keeps it fastened, O bewildered Soul
And see it, where it bars thy mighty breast
Then said to me: "He doth himself accuse;
This one is Nimrod
, by whose evil
One language in the world
is not still used.
Here let us leave him and not speak in vain;
For even such to him is every language
As his to others, which to none is known
Therefore a longer journey did we make,
Turned to the left, and a crossbow
We found another far more fierce and large.
In binding him, who might the Master
I cannot say; but he had pinioned
Behind the right arm, and in front the other,
With chains, that held him so begirt about
From the neck
down, that on the part uncovered
It wound itself as far as the fifth gyre
"This proud one wished to make experiment
Of his own power against the Supreme Jove
My Leader said, "whence he has such a guerdon.
is his name; he showed great prowess.
What time the giant
s terrified the God
The arms he wielded never more he moves."
And I to him: "If possible, I should wish
That of the measureless Briareus
These eyes of mine might have experience."
Whence he replied: "Thou shalt
Close by here, who can speak and is unbound,
Who at the bottom of all crime
shall place us.
Much farther yon is he whom thou wouldst see,
And he is bound, and fashioned like to this one,
Save that he seems in aspect more ferocious."
There never was an earthquake
of such might
That it could shake a tower so Violent
suddenly shook himself.
Then was I more afraid of death than ever
For nothing more was needful than the fear
If I had not beheld the manacles
Then we proceeded farther in advance,
And to Antaeus
came, who, full five ells
Without the head, forth issued from the cavern.
"O thou, who in the valley fortunate
the heir of glory made,
turned back with all his hosts,
Once brought'st a thousand lion
s for thy prey
And who, hadst thou been at the mighty war
Among thy brothers, some it seems still think
s of earth
the victory would have gained:
Place us below, nor be Disdain
ful of it,
There where the cold doth lock Cocytus
Make us not go to Tityus
This one can give of that which here is longed for;
Therefore stoop down, and do not curl thy lip
Still in the world
can he restore thy fame
Because he lives, and still expects long life,
If to itself Grace
call him not untimely."
So said the Master
; and in haste the other
His hands extended and took up my Guide
Hands whose great pressure Hercules
, when he felt himself embraced,
Said unto me: "Draw nigh, that I may take thee
Then of himself and me one bundle made.
As seems the Carisenda
, to behold
Beneath the leaning side, when goes a cloud
Above it so that opposite it hangs;
Such did Antaeus
seem to me, who stood
Watching to see him stoop, and then it was
I could have wished to go some other way.
ly in the abyss
, which swallows up
, he put us down;
Nor thus bowed downward made he there delay,
But, as a mast does in a ship
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