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A TRIBUTE TO DANTE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: If dante mourns, there whosoe'er he be
Last Line: Nothing agrees that's great or generous.
Subject(s): Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)

To One Who Had Censured His Public Exposition of Dante

If Dante mourns, there wheresoe'er he be,
That such high fancies of a soul so proud
Should be laid open to the vulgar crowd,
(As, touching my Discourse, I'm told by thee,)
This were my grievous pain; and certainly
My proper blame should not be disavowed;
Though hereof somewhat, I declare aloud
Were due to others, not alone to me.
False hopes, true poverty, and therewithal
The blinded judgment of a host of friends,
And their entreaties, made that I did thus.
But of all this there is no gain at all
Unto the thankless souls with whose base ends
Nothing agrees that's great or generous.

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