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DIVINE COMEDY -PURGATORIO




DANTE ALIGHIERI



Purgatorio





Canto

1





TO run oer better waters hoists its sail 1

The little vessel of my genius now,

That leaves behind itself a sea so cruel;





And of that second kingdom will I sing

Wherein the human spirit doth purge itself,

And to ascend to heaven becometh worthy.





Let dead Poesy here rise again,

O holy Muses, since that I am yours,

And here Calliope somewhat ascend, 2





My song accompanying with that sound,

Of which the miserable magpies felt 3

The blow so great, that they despaired of pardon.





Sweet colour of the oriental sapphire,



1The Mountain of Purgatory is a vast conical mountain, rising steep and high from
the


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