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Dark Woods


Midway through our life’s journey, I found myself in dark woods, the right road lost. To tell about those woods is hard, so tangled and rough and savage, that thinking of it now, I feel the old fears stirring. Death is hardly more bitter. And yet, to treat the good I found there as well, I’ll tell what I saw. Though how I came to enter I cannot well say, being so full of sleep, whatever moment it was I began to blunder off the true path.

But when I came to stop, below a hill that marked one end of the valley that had pierced my heart with terror, I looked up, towards the crest; and saw its shoulders already mantled in the rays of that bright planet, the sun, that shows the road to everyone, whatever our journey.

—Dante Alighieri, Inferno (The Divine Comedy)