Dante's Divina Commedia; Its Scope And Value

Paperback | July 8, 2012

byFranz Hettinger

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...where he trusted most."--Par. xxii. I. St. Benedict next relates the glorious history of his Order, laments its degeneracy, and describes his sons as " sacks choked up with musty,meal." l Swift as a whirlwind the saints upward fly, and Beatrice beckons the poet to follow them. Entering the heaven of the fixed stars at the point indicated by the sign of Gemini, the Twins, under which constellation Dante was born, he casts one last lingering look upon the earth beneath him: " And with mine eye return'd Through all the seven spheres; and saw this globe So pitiful of semblance, that perforce It moved my smiles; and him in truth I hold For wisest, who esteems it least; whose thoughts Elsewhere are fix'd, him worthiest call and best."--Par. xxii. 129 The poet has entered the heaven of the fixed stars. There, in the splendour of His glorified humanity, our Lord dwells surrounded by Mary and the Holy Apostles: " And, through the living Light, so lustrous glow'd The substance, that my ken endured it not."--Par. xxiii. 31. 1 Par. xxii. 76 FIXED STARS--THE APOSTLES. 215 More radiant than ever is the smile of Beatrice, which the poet, whose sight is supernaturally strengthened, can now behold: " As erewhile Through glance of sunlight, stream'd through broken cloud, Mine eyes a flower-besprinkled mead have seen, Though veiled themselves in shade: so saw I there Legions of splendours, on whom burning rays Shed lightnings from above; yet saw I not The fountain whence they flow'd."--Par. xxiii. 76. But he is unable yet to sustain the glory of Christ Himself, Who has ascended into these supernal realms, from whence He illumines the vast multitude of the elect. With reverent homage the Angel Gabriel salutes the Queen of Heaven, and his salutation is re-echoed by...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...where he trusted most."--Par. xxii. I. St. Benedict next relates the glorious history of his Order, laments its degener...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:158 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.34 inPublished:July 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217827381

ISBN - 13:9780217827386

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