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for other exercises and entertainments, do and ought to do. Don Quixote, P. II. c. VIII. But we should always remember in reading Dante that with him the allegorical interpretation is the true one (verace sposizione), and that he represents himself (and that at a time when he was known to the world only by his minor poems) as having made righteousness (rettitudine, in other words, moral philosophy) the subject of his verse. De vulgari Eloquio, L. II. c. 2. He says the same of Giraud de Borneil, many of whose poems are moral and even devotional. See, particularly, Al honor Dieu torn en mon chan (Raynouard, Lex Rom. I. 388), Ben es dregz pos en aital port (Ib. 393), Jois sia comensamens (Ib. 395), and Be veg e conosc e say (Ib. 398). Another of his poems (Ar ai grant joy, Raynouard, Choix, III. 304) may possibly be a mystical profession of love for the Blessed Virgin, for whom, as Dante tells us, Beatrice had a special devotion. Love with him seems first to have meant the