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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 443 pages of information about Divine Comedy, Cary's Translation, Complete.
Of the Most High.  The two that have ascended,
In this our blessed cloister, shine alone
With the two garments.  So report below.” 
     As when, for ease of labour, or to shun
Suspected peril at a whistle’s breath,
The oars, erewhile dash’d frequent in the wave,
All rest; the flamy circle at that voice
So rested, and the mingling sound was still,
Which from the trinal band soft-breathing rose. 
I turn’d, but ah! how trembled in my thought,
When, looking at my side again to see
Beatrice, I descried her not, although
Not distant, on the happy coast she stood.

CANTO XXVI

With dazzled eyes, whilst wond’ring I remain’d,
Forth of the beamy flame which dazzled me,
Issued a breath, that in attention mute
Detain’d me; and these words it spake:  “’T were well,
That, long as till thy vision, on my form
O’erspent, regain its virtue, with discourse
Thou compensate the brief delay.  Say then,
Beginning, to what point thy soul aspires: 
And meanwhile rest assur’d, that sight in thee
Is but o’erpowered a space, not wholly quench’d: 
Since thy fair guide and lovely, in her look
Hath potency, the like to that which dwelt
In Ananias’ hand.’’ I answering thus: 
“Be to mine eyes the remedy or late
Or early, at her pleasure; for they were
The gates, at which she enter’d, and did light
Her never dying fire.  My wishes here
Are centered; in this palace is the weal,
That Alpha and Omega, is to all
The lessons love can read me.”  Yet again
The voice which had dispers’d my fear, when daz’d
With that excess, to converse urg’d, and spake: 
“Behooves thee sift more narrowly thy terms,
And say, who level’d at this scope thy bow.” 
     “Philosophy,” said I, ’’hath arguments,
And this place hath authority enough
‘T’ imprint in me such love:  for, of constraint,
Good, inasmuch as we perceive the good,
Kindles our love, and in degree the more,
As it comprises more of goodness in ’t. 
The essence then, where such advantage is,
That each good, found without it, is naught else
But of his light the beam, must needs attract
The soul of each one, loving, who the truth
Discerns, on which this proof is built.  Such truth
Learn I from him, who shows me the first love
Of all intelligential substances
Eternal:  from his voice I learn, whose word
Is truth, that of himself to Moses saith,
‘I will make all my good before thee pass.’ 
Lastly from thee I learn, who chief proclaim’st,
E’en at the outset of thy heralding,
In mortal ears the mystery of heav’n.” 
     “Through human wisdom, and th’ authority
Therewith agreeing,” heard I answer’d, “keep
The choicest of thy love for God.  But say,
If thou yet other cords within thee feel’st
That draw thee towards him; so that thou report

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