Divine Comedy - The Paradise
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Paradise, the conclusion of Dante’s epic Divine Comedy, opens with Virgil, who is not a Christian, being left behind in limbo as Dante at last exits Purgatory. Although he must leave his faithful guide, Dante is overjoyed to meet his beautiful love Beatrice at the entrance of Heaven, the Paradise of the title. As with Hell and Purgatory, Paradise is structured in levels, and souls meet fates befitting their conduct in life and their potential for good or evil. In this place of blissful reward, souls approach the celestial Ninth Sphere based on the measure of their love for God. As Beatrice guides Dante from sphere to sphere, he realizes that the grandest questions about life and the universe can be answered in this wondrous place. In one of literature’s most magnificent scenes, Beatrice and Dante are even given the opportunity to meet their Creator face to face. The beauty and amazing scope of Paradise—and entire Divine Comedy—have captivated readers for centuries, and modern readers will find much to marvel in Dante’s epic work.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
TRANSLATED BY THE REV. H. F. CARY, M.A.
Could store, shall now be matter of my song.
As thy own laurel claims of me belov'd.
Forth from his limbs unsheath'd. O power divine!
Will fit me. If but seldom, mighty Sire!
From the Cirrhaean city answer kind.
Gazing, as never eagle fix'd his ken.
As iron ...
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