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1 Convito, Tr. II. c. 16.
2 La natura universale, cioe Iddio. (Convito, Tr. III. c. 4.)
3 Inferno, III. 7, 8.
4 Inferno, XX. 30. Mr. W. M. Rossetti strangely enough renders this verse ‘Who hath a passion for God's judgeship.’ Compassion porta, is the reading of the best texts, and Witte adopts it. Buti's comment is ‘cio porta pena e dolore di colui che giustamente è condannato da Dio che e sempre giuslo.’ There is an analogous passage in ‘The Revelation of the Apostle Paul,’ printed in the ‘Proceedings of the American Oriental Society’ (Vol. VIII. pp. 213, 214): ‘And the angel answered and said, “Wherefore dost thou weep? Why! art thou more merciful than God? ” And I said, “God forbid, O my lord; for God is good and long-suffering unto the sons of men, and he leaves every one of them to his own will, and he walks as he pleases.” ’ This is precisely Dante's view.
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