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[66] the Terrestrial Paradise1 which is the highest felicity of this world, and therefore the consummation of the Active Life, he is welcomed by a Lady who is its symbol,

Who went along
Singing and culling floweret after floweret.

and warming herself in the rays of Love, or ‘actual speculation,’ that is, ‘where love makes its peace felt.’2 That she was the symbol of this is evident from the previous dream of Dante,3 in which he sees Leah, the universally accepted type of it,

Walking in a meadow,
Gathering flowers; and singing she was saying,
‘Know whosoever may my name demand
That I am Leah, who go moving round
My beauteous hands to make myself a garland,’

that is to say, of good works. She, having ‘washed him thoroughly from sin,’4

All dripping brought
Into the dance of the four beautiful,

Purgatorio, XXXI. 103,10.

who are the intellectual virtues Prudence, Justice, Temperance, and Fortitude, the four stars, guides of the Practical Life, which he had seen when he came out of the Hell where he had beheld the results of sin, and arrived at the foot of the Mount of Purification. That these were the special virtues of practical goodness Dante had already told us in a passage before quoted

1 Purgatorio, XXVIII.

2 Purgatorio, XXVIII. 40-44; Convito, Tr. III. c. 13.

3 Purgatorio, XXVII. 94-105.

4 Psalm LI. 2. ‘And therefore I say that her [Philosophy's] beauty, that is, morality, rains flames of fire, that is, a righteous appetite which is generated in the love of moral doctrine, the which appetite removes us from the natural as well as other vices.’ (Convito, Tr. III. c. 15.)

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