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life, which was from bad to good, from good to better, and from better to best, he gave us example and teaching. Convito, Tr. IV. c. 23. Ib. Tr. I. c. 2. After middle life, at least, Dante had that wisdom whose use brings with it marvellous beauties, that is, contentment with every condition of time, and contempt of those things which others make their masters. Convito, Tr. III. c. 13. If Dante, moreover, wrote his treatise De Monarchia before 1302, and we think Witte's inference, Opp. Min., ed. Fraticelli, Vol. II. pp. 281 and 283. Witte is inclined to put it even earlier than 1300, and we believe he is right. from its style and from the fact that he nowhere alludes to his banishment in it, conclusive on this point, then he was already a Ghibelline in the same larger and unpartisan sense which ever after distinguished him from his Italian contemporaries. Let, let the Ghibellines ply their handicraft Beneath some other standard; for this ever Ill follows he who it and