Inferno Canto 5 – Illustration by Gustav Doré

      

Canto Inferno 5: The soul of Francesca speaks to Dante

“O living creature gracious and benignant,

Who visiting goest through the purple air

Us, who have stained the world incarnadine,

If were the King of the Universe our friend,

We would pray unto him to give thee peace,

Since thou hast pity on our woe perverse.

Of what it pleases thee to hear and speak,

That will we hear, and we will speak to you,

While silent is the wind, as it is now.”

The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri

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