Doré, Gustave - Dante - Canto XVIII 2
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Dante - Canto XVIII
Ye host of heaven! whose glory I survey
O beg ye grace for those that are on earth
All after ill example gone astray.
War once had for its instrument the sword:
But now 't is made, taking the bread away
Which the good Father locks from none. —And thou,
That writes but to cancel, think, that they,
Who for the vineyard, which thou wastest, died,
Peter and Paul live yet, and mark thy doings.
Thou hast good cause to cry, "My heart so cleaves
To him, that liv'd in solitude remote,
And from the wilds was dragg'd to martyrdom,
I wist not of the fisherman nor Paul."