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SONNET: INSCRIPTION FOR A PORTRAIT OF DANTE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Dante alighieri, a dark oracle
Last Line: For whom no envy can make dim the truth.
Subject(s): Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)


Dante Alighieri, a dark oracle
Of wisdom and of art, I am; whose mind
Has to my country such great gifts assigned
That men account my powers a miracle.
My lofty fancy passed as low as Hell,
As high as Heaven, secure and unconfined;
And in my noble book doth every kind
Of earthly lore and heavenly doctrine dwell.
Renowned Florence was my mother, -- nay,
Stepmother unto me her piteous son,
Through sin of cursed slander's tongue and tooth.
Ravenna sheltered me so cast away;
My body is with her, -- my soul with One
For whom no envy can make dim the truth.





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