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Splende in la intelligenzïa del cielo
Deo crïator, più che ‘n nostri occhi ‘l sole;
ella intende suo fattor oltra ‘l cielo,
e ‘l ciel volgiando, a lui obedir tole;
. . .
così dar dovria, al vero,
la bella donna, poi che ‘n gli occhi splende
del suo gentil, talento,
chi mai da lei obedir non si disprende.
[Al cor gentil rempaira sempre amore, 41-44, 47-50]

God the creator shines in the intelligence of heaven more than the sun in our eyes, and this [intelligence] understands her maker beyond the universe. Making the heavens turn, she submits to obey Him . . . So truly should the beautiful lady, when she shines on the eyes of her gentle [lover], impart the desire that his obedience to her never fail.
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E quando trova alcun che degno sia
di veder lei. quei prova sua vertute,
ché li avvien, ciò che li dona, in salute,
e sì l'umilia ch'ogni offesa oblia.
Ancor l'ha Dio per maggior grazia dato
che non pò mal finir chi l'ha parlato.
[Donne ch'avete intelletto d'amore, 37-42, VN 19.10]

And when she finds one who is worthy to behold her, he feels her power, for what she bestows on him is restorative, and humbles him, so that he forgets any injury. Moreover God has made the power of her grace even greater, for no one who has spoken with her can come to a bad end.

FrFrom the same website as above
Voi che ‘ntendendo il terzo ciel movete,
udite il ragionar ch’è nel mio core,
ch'io nol so dire altrui, sì mi par novo.
El ciel che segue lo vostro valore,
gentili creature che voi sete,
mi tragge ne lo stato ov'io mi trovo.
Onde ‘l parlar de la vita ch'io provo,
par che si drizzi degnamente a vui:
però vi priego che lo mi ‘ntendiate.
You who by understanding move the third heaven, hear the discourse which is in my heart, and which seems so strange to me that I know not how to say it to others. The heaven which responds to your power, noble creatures that you are, draws me into the state in which I find myself, and so it seems that speech about the life I am experiencing is most appropriately addresses to you. Therefore I pray that you will understand me.
He listens well who takes notes.
Dante Alighieri,

The Divine Comedy

If the present world go astray, the cause is in you, in you it is to be sought.

Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight way was lost.

Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy
Chronology of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)

1265 - Dante is born, probably May 29, under the sign of Gemini.

1274 - First meets, and falls in love with Beatrice Portinari, according to the Vita nuova.

1283 - Dante's father dies. He is married shortly thereafter to Gemma Donati, with whom he has four children (Jacopo, Pietro, Giovanni and Antonia).

1289 - Participates as a cavalryman in the battle of Campaldino. The Guelf League (Florence and Lucca) defeats the Ghibellines ofArezzo. Dante recalls this battle in Purgatorio.

1290 - Death of Beatrice.

1292 - Writes the Vita nuova.

1294 - Dante meets Charles Martel, King of Hungary and heir to the kingdom of Naples and the country of Provence. Dante recounts their meeting in Paradiso VIII.

1295 - Joins the guild of the apothecaries for the purpose of entering public life.

1300 - Dante is prior for two months (15 June-15 August), one of the six highest magistrates in Florence. Boniface VIII proclaims the Jubilee Year. Fictional date (Eastertime) of the journey of the Divine Comedy.

1301 - Dante is sent to Rome as an envoy to Pope Boniface VIII, as Charles of Valois approaches Florence.

1302 - The Black Guelfs seize power in Florence. Dante is banished from the city for two years and forever excluded from public office. Later in the same year his banishment is made perpetual, and he is condemned to be burned alive if taken in the territory of the Florentine Republic.

1304 - Birth of Petrarch.

1304 - Dante writes De vulgari eloquentia, his path-breaking history and rhetoric of vernacular literature. Of four books planned, only the first and part of the second were written. During the same period he writes the Convivio. Only four of a projected fifteen books of the Convivio were completed.

1306 - Probably the year in which Dante interrupts the Convivio and begins the Comedy.

1310 - Henry of Luxembourg, Holy Roman Emperor, descends into Italy and Dante addresses an Epistle to him. Possible date of Dante Monarchia (between 1310-1313).

1313 - Death of Henry. Birth of Giovanni Boccaccio.

1314 - Publication of Inferno.

1315 - Dante moves to Verona as a guest of Cangrande della Scala. Works on Purgatorio and Paradiso, and composes the Questio de acque et terra.

1319 - Dante moves to Ravenna, where he is the guest of Guido Novello da Polenta, lord of that city. Latin correspondence with the humanist Giovanni del Virgilio.

1321 - Dante falls ill on return from Venice, where he had been sent as ambassador by Guido Da Polenta, and dies September 13 or 14.
Thank you dear Inda for including our Great Dante Alighieri here! Thank you Vicky and Sue for your contributions.

Having studied Dante at the Lyceum, my husband still knows parts of the Divine Comedy by heart, I think it is amazing, because the language is really not easy to memorize, being quite different from modern Italian.

See here the evolution ...

The Italian language was a result of the genius of Dante to create an acceptable amalgamation of the various dialects into a masterfully consistent language for use throughout Italy.

The beautiful Italian language

Consider your origin; you were not born to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.

Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

VIRTUE AND KNOWLEDGE ... may we follow this PATH, ALWAYS!

Love and Light.
Margherita Smile

God the creator shines in the intelligence of heaven more than the sun in our eyes, and this [intelligence] understands her maker beyond the universe. Making the heavens turn, she submits to obey Him . . . So truly should the beautiful lady, when she shines on the eyes of her gentle [lover], impart the desire that his obedience to her never fail.

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