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Dante's Inferno

Dante's Inferno

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Dante's Inferno in English translation
Dante's Inferno in English translation

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INFERNO
[1] The Dark Forest. The Hill of Difficulty. Virgil.
Our lives a road and at halfway I found myself in a dark wood.I couldn't see, I couldn't tell, the true path,Incomprehension, ignorance, error maybe,Tripped by the clutching roots, tough and tangling, by the rotten stumps, At this halfway,The light subtracted, divided, weirded by boles, leaves, branches, canopies,Spooked by false imaginings,Halfway from truth and halfway to confusion,Halfway from birth and halfway to answering,Stymied at this halfway.Having strayed, now not even a path, a road moments earlier,Ten paces towards somewhere I thought was safety, lost,Debate, select some other cardinal point,Ten paces differently, still lost, a thousand cobweb paths or none, maybe,But which were lies and which the truth?Just to think of it again brings the adrenalin, the adventure has begun,It's up to me to tell my story, as it was up to me to battle through,To tell of the evil I saw at every step, revolting, sick, And the good born of the experience,Because good was there to be born,In this place as hideous as if I were dead. So, place or dream, exactly how I came to be there, I don't know,But it seemed the wood in its valley finally ended, And I was at the foot of a hill,
 
I lifted up my eyes.Sunlight jogged the summit, morning rays,Light, which has in it the all the signs of illuminationI was sure I could safe by following the light, A provider of direction,My panic receded a little.My wobbly watery heart slowed back  As if reaching solid land, having been cast adrift in a wobbling sea, escaped from the sea, Although I'd never risk going back in the wood,I turned back to look at where I'd been, got my bearings, And so I set out on the barren slope, cautiously, keeping my footing,It was a horrible dream, but I could walk my way outSoon be free, A leopard,Over there - a sandy smudge against the slope, fast, fit,I flinched and moved away, it started to come across. I kept my distance,I traversed, tried to outflank - it prowled, it blocked the way,I was being forced back. With time moving on, the sun rising higher,The light was still there,I was reminded of the Divine Love that moves the spheres, as astronomers tell thecontaining the stars that attend the brightest planet, which had been so since Edenand the purpose of men, so didn't give up,I rested. A second go, nothing for it but to climb the hill,Until a lion, hungry for flesh, appeared on the slope,In the dream, in the nightmare, and I tried to ignore it, walk through it,These can't be, not real,No landscape I know has lions, but then no leopards either, A roar - but it is there, this is real, I ran.On my last attempt, because three must be,Grey, lean, leaps up and fills the eyes suddenly 

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