Between his legs were hanging down his entrails; His heart was visible, and the dismal sack That maketh excrement of what is eaten. I made the father and the son rebellious; Achitophel not more with Absalom And David did with his accursed goadings.
But I remained to look upon the crowd; And saw a thing which I should be afraid, Without some further proof, even to recount, If it were not that conscience reassures me, That good companion which emboldens man Beneath the hauberk of its feeling pure.
But who art thou, that musest on the crag, Perchance to postpone going to the pain That is adjudged upon thine accusations? But who are you who dawdle on this ridge, perhaps to slow your going to the verdict that was pronounced on your self—accusations?
I surely saw, and it still seems I see, a trunk without a head that walked just like the others in that melancholy herd; it carried by the hair its severed head, which swayed within its hand just like a lantern; and that head looked at us and said: From its beginning, which is in this trunk.
Achitophel with his malicious urgings did not do worse with Absalom and David. Because I severed those so joined, I carry— alas—my brain dissevered from its source, which is within my trunk.
I made the son and father enemies: Each tongue that tried would certainly fall short because the shallowness of both our speech and intellect cannot contain so much. See now how maimed Mohammed is! And he who walks and weeps before me is Ali, whose face is opened wide from chin to forelock. I truly saw, and still I seem to see it, A trunk without a head walk in like manner As walked the others of the mournful herd.
And thus, in me one sees the law of counter—penalty. Thus is observed in me the counterpoise. Curio, who once was so audacious in his talk! Between the isles of Cyprus and Majorca, Neptune has never seen so cruel a crime committed by the pirates or the Argives. But I stayed there to watch that company and saw a thing that I should be afraid to tell with no more proof than my own self— except that I am reassured by conscience, that good companion, heartening a man beneath the breastplate of its purity.
And all the others here whom you can see were, when alive, the sowers of dissension and scandal, and for this they now are split. Each tongue would for a certainty fall short By reason of our speech and memory, That have small room to comprehend so much If were again assembled all the people Which formerly upon the fateful land Of Puglia were lamenting for their blood Shed by the Romans and the lingering war That of the rings made such illustrious spoils, As Livy has recorded, who errs not, With those who felt the agony of blows By making counterstand to Robert Guiscard, And all the rest, whose bones are gathered still At Ceperano, where a renegade Was each Apulian, and at Tagliacozzo.
A man cast out, he quenched the doubt in Caesar, insisting that the one who is prepared can only suffer harm if he delays. A cask by losing centre—piece or cant Was never shattered so, as I saw one Rent from the chin to where one breaketh wind.
While I was all intent on watching him, he looked at me, and with his hands he spread his chest and said: Another one, who had his throat pierced through, And nose cut off close underneath the brows, And had no longer but a single ear, Staying to look in wonder with the others, Before the others did his gullet open, Which outwardly was red in every part, And said: Another sinner, with his throat slit through and with his nose hacked off up to his eyebrows, and no more than a single ear remaining, had—with the others—stayed his steps in wonder; he was the first, before the rest, to open his windpipe—on the outside, all bloodred— and said: Each tongue would for a certainty fall short By reason of our speech and memory, That have small room to comprehend so much If were again assembled all the people Which formerly upon the fateful land Of Puglia were lamenting for their blood Shed by the Romans and the lingering war That of the rings made such illustrious spoils, As Livy has recorded, who errs not, With those who felt the agony of blows By making counterstand to Robert Guiscard, And all the rest, whose bones are gathered still At Ceperano, where a renegade Was each Apulian, and at Tagliacozzo, Where without arms the old Alardo conquered, And one his limb transpierced, and one lopped off, Should show, it would be nothing to compare With the disgusting mode of the ninth Bolgia.
Because I parted persons so united, Parted do I now bear my brain, alas! And one who walked with both his hands hacked off, while lifting up his stumps through the dark air, so that his face was hideous with blood, cried out: Who, even with untrammeled words and many attempts at telling, ever could recount in full the blood and wounds that I now saw?
And so that you may carry news of me, know that I am Bertran de Born, the one who gave bad counsel to the fledgling king. This one, being banished, every doubt submerged In Caesar by affirming the forearmed Always with detriment allowed delay.
When it was just below the bridge, it lifted its arm together with its head, so that its words might be more near us, words that said: And one, who both his hands dissevered had, The stumps uplifting through the murky air, So that the blood made horrible his face, Cried out: While I was all absorbed in seeing him, He looked at me, and opened with his hands His bosom, saying: And by the hair it held the head dissevered, Hung from the hand in fashion of a lantern, And that upon us gazed and said:Find great deals on eBay for Dante's Inferno in Books on Antiquarian and Collectibles.
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