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.

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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.”

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

Silently, alone, no one escorting us,
we made our way- one went before, one after-
as Friars Minor when the walk together.

Inferno, Canto XXIII, lines 1-3

Here sighs and lamentations and loud cries
were echoing across the starless air,
so that, as soon as I set out, I wept.

Inferno, Canto III, lines 22-24