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bed in the book of the physicians and apothecaries, Dante d'aldighiero, degli Aldighieri, poeta Fiorentino. Balbo, Vita di Dante, Firenze, 1853, p. 117. Professor de Vericour Life and Times of Dante, London, 1858, p. 80. thinks it necessary to apologize for this lapse on the part of thepoet, and gravely bids us take courage, under a monument built by his friend, Guido Novello. If no monument at all was built by Guido, as is asserted by Balbo (Vita, I. Lib. II. Cap. XVII.), whom De Vericour copies without question, we are at a loss to account for the preservation of the original epitaph replaced by Cardinal Bembo when he built the new tomb, in 1483 Dante probably meant by it the several circles of his Hell, narrowing, one beneath the other, to the centre. As a curious specimen of English we subjoin Professor de Vericour's translation: I have sang the rights of monarchy; I have sang, in exploring them, the abode of God, the Phlegethon and the impure lakes, as long as destin