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Then afterwards behoves it this one fall

Within three suns, and rise again the other

By force of him who now is on the coast. High will it hold its forehead a long while,

Keeping the other under heavy burdens,

Howe'er it weeps thereat and is indignant. The just are two, and are not understood there;

Envy and Arrogance and Avarice

Are the three sparks that have all hearts enkindled.” 75 Here ended he his tearful utterance ;

And I to him : “I wish thee still to teach me,

And make a gift to me of further speech. Farinata and Tegghiaio, once so worthy,

Jacopo Rusticucci, Arrigo, and Mosca,

And others who on good deeds set their thoughts, Say where they are, and cause that I may know them;

For great desire constraineth me to learn

If Heaven doth sweeten them, or Hell envenom.” And he: “They are among the blacker souls ; 85

A different sin downweighs them to the bottom;

If thou so far descendest, thou canst see them.
But when thou art again in the sweet world,

I pray thee to the mind of others bring me ;
No more I tell thee and no more I answer."

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Then his straightforward eyes he turned askance,

Eyed me a little, and then bowed his head;

He fell therewith prone like the other blind. And the Guide said to me: “He wakes no more

This side the sound of the angelic trumpet;

When shall approach the hostile Potentate, Each one shall find again his dismal tomb,

Shall reassume his flesh and his own figure,

Shall hear what through eternity re-echoes.” So we passed onward o'er the filthy mixture

Of shadows and of rain with footsteps slow,

Touching a little on the future life. Wherefore I said: “Master, these torments here,

Will they increase after the mighty sentence,

Or lesser be, or will they be as burning?” And he to me: “Return unto thy science,

Which wills, that as the thing more perfect is,

The more it feels of pleasure and of pain. Albeit that this people maledict

To true perfection never can attain,

Hereafter more than now they look to be.” Round in a circle by that road we went,

Speaking much more, which I do not repeat;

We came unto the point where the descent is; There we found Plutus the great enemy.



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PAPË Satàn, Papë Satàn, Aleppë!”

Thus Plutus with his clucking voice began ;

And that benignant Sage, who all things knew, Said, to encourage me: “Let not thy fear

Harm thee; for any power that he may have 5

Shall not prevent thy going down this crag.” Then he turned round unto that bloated lip,

And said: “Be silent, thou accursed wolf;

Consume within thyself with thine own rage. Not causeless is this journey to the abyss ;

Thus is it willed on high, where Michael wrought

Vengeance upon the proud adultery.” Even as the sails inflated by the wind

Together fall involved when snaps the mast,

So fell the cruel monster to the earth.
Thus we descended into the fourth chasm,

Gaining still farther on the dolesome shore
Which all the woe of the universe insacks.





Justice of God, ah! who heaps up so many

New toils and sufferings as I beheld ?

And why doth our transgression waste us so ? As doth the billow there upon Charybdis,

That breaks itself on that which it encounters,

So here the folk must dance their roundelay. Here saw I people, more than elsewhere, many,

On one side and the other, with great howls,

Rolling weights forward by main-force of chest. They clashed together, and then at that point

Each one turned backward, rolling retrograde, 29

Crying, “Why keepest ?” and, “Why squanderest Thus they returned along the lurid circle (thou?"

On either hand unto the opposite point,

Shouting their shameful metre evermore. Then each, when he arrived there, wheeled about

Through his half-circle to another joust; 35

And I, who had my heart pierced as it were, Exclaimed: “My Master, now declare to me

What people these are, and if all were clerks,

These shaven crowns upon the left of us.”
And he to me: “All of them were asquint

In intellect in the first life, so much
That there with measure they no spending made.

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Clearly enough their voices bark it forth,

Whene'er they reach the two points of the circle,

Where sunders them the opposite defect. Clerks those were who no hairy covering

Have on the head, and Popes and Cardinals,

In whom doth avarice practise its excess.” And I: “My Master, among such as these

I ought forsooth to recognize some few, 50

Who were infected with these maladies.” . And he to me: “Vain thought thou entertainest ;

The undiscerning life which made them sordid

Now makes them unto all discernment dim.
Forever shall they come to these two buttings ; 55

These from the sepulchre shall rise again

With the fist closed, and these with tresses shorn. Ill giving and ill keeping the fair world

Have ta’en from them, and placed them in this scuffle;

Whate'er it be, no words adorn I for it. Now canst thou, Son, behold the transient farce

Of goods that are committed unto Fortune,

For which the human race each other buffet ;
For all the gold that is beneath the moon,

Or ever has been, of these weary souls
Could never make a single one repose.”

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