“Surely there is a mine for silver And a place where they refine gold. “Iron is taken from the dust, And copper is smelted from rock. “Man puts an end to darkness, And to the farthest limit he searches out The rock in gloom and deep shadow. “He sinks a shaft far from habitation, Forgotten […]
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I turned, then, to that shade who seemed to be the most intent to speak, and I began, moved by an overwhelming urge, to say “O well-created soul who, in the rays of endless life, enjoy that sweetness which, till truly tasted, never can be known, how happy it would make me if you were […]
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Lifting his mouth from his horrendous meal, this sinner first wiped off his messy lips In the hair remaining on the chewed-up skull Then spoke: “You want me to renew a grief So desperate that just the thought of it, Much less the telling, grips my heart with pain; But if my words can be […]
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