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H. F. Carys Translation of Dante Purgatory - Dante

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THE VISION
OR,
HELL, PURGATORY, AND PARADISE
OF
DANTE ALIGHIERI

TRANSLATED BY
THE REV. H. F. CARY, A.M.



PURGATORY


CANTO I


O'er better waves to speed her rapid course
The light bark of my genius lifts the sail,
Well pleas'd to leave so cruel sea behind;
And of that second region will I sing,
In which the human spirit from sinful blot
Is purg'd, and for ascent to Heaven prepares.
     Here, O ye hallow'd Nine!  for in your train
I follow, here the deadened strain revive;
Nor let Calliope refuse to sound
A somewhat higher song, of that loud tone,
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