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“If you can always offer a reply
so to readily to others,” said all three,
“then happy you who speak, at will, so clearly.
So, if you can escape these lands of darkness
and see the stars on your return,
when you repeat with pleasure, ‘I was there,’
be sure that you remember us to men.”
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Moving again, I tried the lonely slope-
my firm foot was always the one below.
Inferno, Canto I, lines 29-30
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
But here I can’t be still; and by the lines
of this my Comedy, reader, I swear-
and may my verse find favor for long years.
May God so let you, reader, gather fruit
from what you read.
Inferno, Canto XX, lines 19-20
My guide and I came on that hidden road
to make our way back into the bright world;
and with no care for any rest, we climbed-
he first, I following- until I saw,
through a round opening, some of those things
of beauty Heaven bears. It was from there
that we emerged, to see- once more- the stars.
Inferno, Canto XXXIV, lines 133-139