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First Line: What should be said of him cannot be said
Last Line: Ne'er walked the earth a greater man than he.
Alternate Author Name(s): Michel Angelo
Subject(s): Dante Alighieri (1265-1321); Italian Renaissance


What should be said of him cannot be said;
By too great splendor is his name attended;
To blame is easier those who him offended,
Than reach the faintest glory round him shed.
This man descended to the doomed and dead
For our instruction; then to God ascended;
Heaven opened wide to him its portals splendid,
Who from his country's, closed against him, fled.
Ungrateful land! To its own prejudice
Nurse of his fortunes; and this showeth well,
That the most perfect most of grief shall see.
Among a thousand proofs let one suffice,
That as his exile hath no parallel,
Ne'er walked the earth a greater man than he.






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