Divine Comedy - Purgatory

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The Divine Comedy, Volume 2, Purgatory [Purgatorio]

by Dante Aligheri

Translated by Charles Eliot Norton



CANTO I. Invocation to the Muses.--Dawn of Easter on the shore of Purgatory.--The Four Stars.--Cato.--The cleansing of Dante from the stains of Hell.

CANTO II. Sunrise.--The Poets on the shore.--Coming of a boat, guided by an angel, bearing souls to Purgatory.--Their landing.--Casella and his song.--Cato hurries the souls to the mountain.

CANTO III. Ante-Purgatory.--Souls of those who have died in contumacy of the Church.--Manfred.

CANTO IV. Ante-Purgatory.--Ascent to a shelf of the mountain.--The negligent, who postponed repentance to the last hour--Belacqua.

CANTO V. Ante-Purgatory.--Spirits who had delayed repentance, and met with death by violence, but died repentant.--Jacopo del Cassero.--Buonconte da Montefeltro.--Via de' Tolomei.

CANTO VI. Ante-Purgatory.--More spirits who had deferred repentance till they were overtaken by a violent death.--Efficacy of prayer.--Sordello.--Apostrophe to Italy.

CANTO VII. Virgil makes himself known to Sordello.--Sordello leads the Poets to the Valley of the Princes who have been negligent of salvation.--He points them out by name.

CANTO VIII. Valley of the Princes.--Two Guardian Angels.--Nino Visconti.--The Serpent.--Corrado Malaspina.

CANTO IX. Slumber and Dream of Dante.--The Eagle.--Lucia.--The Gate of Purgatory.--The Angelic Gatekeeper.--Seven P's inscribed on Dante's Forehead.--Entrance to the First Ledge.

CANTO X. First Ledge the Proud.--Examples of humility sculptured on the Rock.

CANTO XI. First Ledge: the Proud.--Prayer.--Omberto Aldobrandeschi.--Oderisi d' Agubbio.--Provinzan Salvani.

CANTO XII. First Ledge: the Proud.--Examples of the punishment of Pride graven on the pavement.--Meeting with an Angel who removes one of the P's.--Ascent to the Second Ledge.

CANTO XIII. Second Ledge: the Envious.--Examples of Love.--The Shades in haircloth, and with sealed eyes.--Sapla of Siena.

CANTO XIV. Second Ledge: the Envious.--Guido del Duca.--Rinieri de' Calboli.--Examples of the punishment of Envy.

CANTO XV. Second Ledge: the Envious.--An Angel removes the second P from Dante's forehead.--Discourse concerning the Sharing of Good.--Ascent to the Third Ledge: the Wrathful.--Examples of Forbearance seen in Vision.

CANTO XVI. Third Ledge: the Wrathful.--Marco Lombardo.--His discourse on Free Will, and the Corruption of the World.

CANTO XVII. Third Ledge: the Wrathful.--Issue from the Smoke.--Vision of examples of Anger--Ascent to the Fourth Ledge, where Sloth is purged--Second Nightfall--Virgil explains how Love is the root of Virtue and of Sin.

CANTO XVIII. Fourth Ledge: the Slothful.--Discourse of Virgil on Love and Free Will.---Throng of Spirits running in haste to redeem their Sin.--The Abbot of San Zeno.--Dante falls asleep.

CANTO XIX. Fourth Ledge: the Slothful.--Dante dreams of the Siren--The Angel of the Pass.--Ascent to the Fifth Ledge.--Pope Adrian V.

CANTO XX. Fifth Ledge: the Avaricious.--The Spirits celebrate examples of Poverty and Bounty.--Hugh Capet.--His discourse on his descendants.--Trembling of the Mountain.

CANTO XXI. Fifth Ledge: the Avaricious.--Statius.--Cause of the trembling of the Mountain.--Statius does honor to Virgil.

CANTO XXII. Ascent to the Sixth Ledge--Discourse of Statius and Virgil.--Entrance to the Ledge: the Gluttonous.--The Mystic Tree.--Examples of Temperance.

CANTO XXIII. Sixth Ledge the Gluttonous.--Forese Donati.--Nella.--Rebuke of the women of Florence.

CANTO XXIV. Sixth Ledge: the Gluttonous.--Forese Donati.--Bonagiunta of Lucca.--Pope Martin IV.--Ubaldin dalla Pila.--Bonifazio.--Messer Marchese.--Prophecy of Bonagiunta concerning Gentucca, and of Forese concerning Corso de' Donati.--Second Mystic Tree.--The Angel of the Pass.

CANTO XXV. Ascent to the Seventh Ledge.--Discourse of Statius on generation, the infusion of the Soul into the body, and the corporeal semblance of Souls after death.--The Seventh Ledge:the Lustful.--The mode of their Purification.

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