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The time was the beginning of the morning;
the sun was rising now in fellowship
with the same stars that had escorted it
when Divine Love first moved those things of beauty.
Inferno, Canto I, lines 37-40
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“This miserable way
is taken by the sorry souls of thoses
who lived without disgrace and without praise.
They now commingle with the coward angels,
the company of those who were not rebels
nor faithful to their God, but stood apart.
The heavens, that their beauty not be lessened,
have cast them out, not will deep Hell recieve them-
even the wicked cannot glory in them.”
Inferno, Canto III, lines 34-42: Virgil on the Neutrals in the Ante-Hell.
O human race, born to fly upward, wherefore at a little wind dost thou so fall?
Purgatorio, Canto XII, line 95
Consider your origins: you were not made to live as brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.
Through me the way into the suffering city
Through me the way to eternal pain,
Through me the way that runs among the lost.
Justice urged on my high Artificer
My maker was Divine Authority,
The Highest Wisdom, and Primal Love.
Before me nothing nothing but eternal things
Were made, and I endure eternally.
Abandon all hope, who enter here.
Inferno: Canto III, lines 1-9