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THE TRILOGY;
DANTE'S THREE VISIONS.

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PART II.
PURGATORIO,

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THE VISION OF PURGATORY:

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TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH,
IN THE METRE AND TRIPLE RHYME OF THE ORIGINAL;

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LONDON:
HENRY G. BOHN, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN.

1862.

“ Lettor, tu vedi ben com' io innalzo

La mia materia, e però con più arte
Non ti maravigliar s' io la rincalzo.”

PURGATORIO, ix. 70–72.

PRINTED BY J. E. ADLARD, BARTHOLOMEW CLOSX, E.C.

TO GARIBALDI

AND THE PEOPLE

THE FELLOW-COUNTRYMEN OF DANTE;

AS AN EXPRESSION OF SYMPATHY

AND REGRET FOR THEIR FORMER SUFFERINGS ;

OF ADMIRATION AND JOY FOR THEIR LATE CONDUCT

AND PRESENT POSITION ;

AND OF HOPE

FOR THEIR FUTURE UNION AND PROSPERITY;

THIS VERSION OF THE

PURGATORIO

IS RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED BY

THE TRANSLATOR.

FAIR ITALY, HOW SAD HAS BEEN THY STORY!

OF OLD THY CIVIL FACTIONS FORGED FOR THEE
THE STRANGER'S YOKE, THE ROD OF TYRANNY,

PURPLED THY PLAINS AND MADE THY RIVERS GORY. HOW LONG AND GRIEVOUS WAS THY PURGATORY!

BUT IT IS PAST:--FREE AND UNITED NOW,
AMONG THE NATIONS THOU HAST REAR'D THY BROW,

DECK'D WITH THE WREATH OF GARIBALDI'S GLORY. ILLUSTRIOUS CHIEF !-IF DANTE FROM THE SKIES

LOOKS DOWNWARD ON THE LAND HE LOVED SO WELI,

IN THEE THAT VIRTUOUS HUNTER HE DESCRIES WHO CHASED THE SHE-WOLF TO HER NATIVE HELL:

WHILE ITALY, FOR FREEDOM'S BATTLE WON,

HAILS THEE HER NOBLEST, BEST, AND BRAVEST SON.

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