Dante Alighieri: Medieval (1265–1321)

THE DIVINE COMEDY’S INFERNO Canto I While I was rushing downward to the lowland, Before mine eyes did one present himself, Who seemed from long-continued silence hoarse. When I beheld him in the desert vast, “Have pity on me,” unto him I cried, “Whiche’er thou art, or shade or real man!” He answered me: “Not […]