Dante - Purgatorio - Canto 11
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Dante – The Divine Comedy – Purgatorio XI
'Earthly fame is nothing but a breath of wind,
Which first blows one way and then blows another,
And brings a fresh name from each fresh direction
What greater name will you have, if you are old
When you put aside your flesh, than if you had died
Before you had given up baby talk and rattles
Once a thousand years have passed? And that is a shorter
Space to the eternal than the flash of an eyelid
To the circle which turns in the heavens most slowly.
The one who moves painfully ahead of me
Has a name which once rang through all Tuscany
There is hardly a whisper of him now in Sienna
Your renown is like the colour of grass,
Which comes and goes, and he discolours it
Who causes it to spring fresh from the ground'
And I to him 'Your words are true and fill me
With just humility and cure my swelling;'....