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1909 Excerpt: ...Bible, and live with the antique Prophets there. I
do not agree with much modern criticism, in greatly preferring the
Inferno to the two other parts of the Divine Commedia. Such
preference belongs, I imagine, to our general Byronism of taste,
and is like to be a transient feeling. The Purgatorio and Paradiso,
especially the former, one would almost say, is even more excellent
than it. It is a noble thing that Purgatorio, "Mountain of
Purification"; an emblem of the noblest conception of that age. If
Sin is so fatal, and Hell is and must be so rigorous, awful, yet in
Repentance too is man purified; Repentance is the grand Christian
act. It is beautiful how Dante works it out. The tremolar delV
onde, that "trembling" of the ocean-waves under the first pure
gleam of morning, dawning afar on the wandering Two, is as the type
of an altered mood. Hope has now dawned; never-dying Hope, if in
company still with heavy sorrow. The obscure sojourn of daemons and
reprobate is under foot; a soft breathing of penitence mounts
higher and higher, to the Throne of Mercy itself. "Pray for me,"
the denizens of that Mount of Pain all say to him. "Tell my
Giovanna to pray for me," my daughter Giovanni; "I think her mother
loves me no more " They toil painfully up by that winding steep,
"bent down like corbels of a building," some of them, --crushed
together so "for the sin of pride"; yet nevertheless in years, in
ages, and seons they shall have reached the top, which is Heaven's
gate, and by Mercy shall have been admitted in. The joy too of all,
when one has prevailed; the whole Mountain shakes with joy, and a
psalm of praise rises, when one soul has perfected repentance, and
got its sin and misery left behind...
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