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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 443 pages of information about Divine Comedy, Cary's Translation, Complete.
Here is the reas’ning, that convinceth me
So feelingly, each argument beside
Seems blunt and forceless in comparison.” 
Then heard I:  “Wherefore holdest thou that each,
The elder proposition and the new,
Which so persuade thee, are the voice of heav’n?”
     “The works, that follow’d, evidence their truth; "
I answer’d:  “Nature did not make for these
The iron hot, or on her anvil mould them.” 
“Who voucheth to thee of the works themselves,
Was the reply, “that they in very deed
Are that they purport?  None hath sworn so to thee.” 
     “That all the world,” said I, “should have bee turn’d
To Christian, and no miracle been wrought,
Would in itself be such a miracle,
The rest were not an hundredth part so great. 
E’en thou wentst forth in poverty and hunger
To set the goodly plant, that from the vine,
It once was, now is grown unsightly bramble.” 
That ended, through the high celestial court
Resounded all the spheres.  “Praise we one God!”
In song of most unearthly melody. 
And when that Worthy thus, from branch to branch,
Examining, had led me, that we now
Approach’d the topmost bough, he straight resum’d;
“The grace, that holds sweet dalliance with thy soul,
So far discreetly hath thy lips unclos’d
That, whatsoe’er has past them, I commend. 
Behooves thee to express, what thou believ’st,
The next, and whereon thy belief hath grown.” 
     “O saintly sire and spirit!” I began,
“Who seest that, which thou didst so believe,
As to outstrip feet younger than thine own,
Toward the sepulchre? thy will is here,
That I the tenour of my creed unfold;
And thou the cause of it hast likewise ask’d. 
And I reply:  I in one God believe,
One sole eternal Godhead, of whose love
All heav’n is mov’d, himself unmov’d the while. 
Nor demonstration physical alone,
Or more intelligential and abstruse,
Persuades me to this faith; but from that truth
It cometh to me rather, which is shed
Through Moses, the rapt Prophets, and the Psalms. 
The Gospel, and that ye yourselves did write,
When ye were gifted of the Holy Ghost. 
In three eternal Persons I believe,
Essence threefold and one, mysterious league
Of union absolute, which, many a time,
The word of gospel lore upon my mind
Imprints:  and from this germ, this firstling spark,
The lively flame dilates, and like heav’n’s star
Doth glitter in me.’’ As the master hears,
Well pleas’d, and then enfoldeth in his arms
The servant, who hath joyful tidings brought,
And having told the errand keeps his peace;
Thus benediction uttering with song
Soon as my peace I held, compass’d me thrice
The apostolic radiance, whose behest
Had op’d lips; so well their answer pleas’d.

CANTO XXV

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