then in fame, a bird that flits before us as we follow,2
That apple sweet which through so many branches
The care of mortals goeth in pursuit of,Purgatorio, XXII. 115, 116.
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1 Convito, Tr. I. c. 12.
2 That Dante loved fame we need not be told. He several times confesses it, especially in the De Vulgari Eloquio, I. 17. ‘How glorious she [the Vulgar Tongue] makes her intimates [familiares, those of her household], we ourselves have known, who in the sweetness of this glory put our exile behind our backs.’
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