The Divine Comedy of Dante- canto XXXI (written between 1308 and 1321)

Dante and Beatrice gaze upon the highest Heaven (The Empyrean); from Gustave Doré’s illustrations to the Divine Comedy, Paradiso Canto 31.

“No sooner lifted I mine aspect up,
Than I perceived those primal creatures cease
Their flowery sprinkling;
and mine eyes beheld
(Yet unassured and wavering in their view)Beatrice;
she, who toward the mystic shape,
That joins two natures in one form, had turn’d:
And, even under shadow of her veil,
And parted by the verdant rill that flow’d
Between, in loveliness she seem’d as much
Her former self surpassing, as on earth
All others she surpass’d.
Remorseful goads
Shot sudden through me
Each thing else, the more
Its love had late beguiled me, now the more
Was loathsome.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: