Dante’s Erasure

Original Dante

“THROUGH me you pass into the city of woe:

Through me you pass into eternal pain:

Through me among the people lost for aye.

Justice the founder of my fabric moved:

To rear me was the task of Power divine,

Supremest Wisdom, and primeval Love.

Before me things create were none, save things

Eternal, and eternal I endure.

All hope abandon, ye who enter here.”

Such characters, in color dim, I mark’d

Over a portal’s lofty arch inscribed.

Dante’s Erasure

THROUGH me

eternal

Through me

divine

Wisdom

Love

Before me

eternal

All hope

inscribed.

 
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Dante’s Erasure

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