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illustrated.1900 Excerpt: ... XVII EXPLANATION OF THE DREAM OF
DANTE'S MOTHER AND CONCLUSION HAVE shown briefly the origin,
studies, life, habits, and works of that splendid man and
illustrious poet, Dante Alighieri, and made besides certain
digressions, according as I have been permitted by Him who is the
giver of every grace. I know that many others could have done it
much better and more discreetly, but he who does what he can, no
more is required of him. My having written what I could will not
serve as a bar to any one else who believes that he can write
better than I have done. Indeed, perhaps, if I have anywhere erred,
I shall, to tell the truth, give to another an occasion for writing
about our Dante, which up to this time I find no one has done. But
my task is not yet at an end. One portion in the plan which I
promised for my work remains for me to conclude; that is, the dream
of the mother of our poet, seen by her when she was pregnant with
him. Of this I intend to deliver myself as briefly as I can, and
bring my essay to an end. The gentle lady in her pregnancy saw
herself at the foot of a lofty laurel, hard by a clear spring, and
there gave birth to a son, who, as I have above said, in a short
time, feeding on the falling berries of that laurel and the water
of the spring, became a great shepherd, and exceedingly desirous of
the berries of the laurel under which he was. While he tried to
reach them, it appeared to her that he fell, and suddenly she
seemed to see, not him, but instead of him a beautiful peacock.
Disturbed by this marvel, the gentle lady awoke from her sweet
sleep without seeing more of him. The divine goodness, which from
all eternity, as well as now, foresees every future event, is of
its own beneficence accustomed, when nature, its general minister,
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