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CANTO III. Ante-Purgatory. ? Souls of those who have died in
contumacy of the Church. ? Manfred. Inasmuch as the sudden flight
had scattered them over the plain, turned to the mount whereto
reason spurs us, I drew me close to my trusty companion. And how
should I without him have run ? Who would have drawn me up over the
mountain ? He seemed to me of his own self remorseful. O
conscience, upright and stainless, how bitter a sting to thee is
little fault! When his feet left the haste that takes the seem-
liness from every act, my mind, which at first had been restrained,
let loose its attention, as though eager, and I turned my face unto
the hill that towards the heaven rises highest from the sea. The
sun, which behind was flaming ruddy, was broken in front of me by
the figure that the staying of its rays upon me formed. When I saw
the ground darkened only in front of me, I turned me to my side
with fear of being abandoned: and my Comfort, wholly turning to me,
began to say, " Why dost thou still distrust ? Dost thou not
believe mewith thee, and that I guide thee ? It is now evening
there where the body is buried within which I cast a shadow; Naples
holds it, and from Brundu- sium it is taken; if now in front of me
there is no shadow, marvel not more than at the heavens of which
one hinders not the other's radiance. To suffer torments, both hot
and cold, bodies like this the Power ordains, which wills not that
how it acts be revealed to us. Foolish is he who hopes that our
reason can traverse the infinite way which One Substance in Three
Persons holds. Be content, human race, with the quia;l for if ye
had been able to see everything, need had not been for Mary to bear
child: and ye have seen desiring fruitlessly men such2 that their
desire would have been quieted, which...
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