“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.

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of this my Comedy, reader, I swear-
and may my verse find favor for long years.

May God so let you, reader, gather fruit
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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

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we made our way- one went before, one after-
as Friars Minor when the walk together.

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