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What Reason seeth here—Purgatorio, XVIII. 46-48. Beatrice here evidently impersonates Theology. It would be interesting to know what was the precise date of Dante's theological studies. The earlier commentators all make him go to Paris, the great fountain of such learning, after his banishment. Boccaccio indeed says that he did not return to Italy till 1311. Wegele (Dante's ‘Leben und Werke,’ p. 85) puts the date of his journey between 1292 and 1297. Ozanam, with a pathos comicallytouchingto the academic soul, laments that poverty compelled him to leave the university without the degree he had so justly earned. He consoles himself with the thought that ‘there remained to him an incontestable erudition and the love of serious studies.’ （Dante et la philosophic catholique, p. 112.) It is sad that we cannot write Dantes Alighierius, S. T. D.! Dante seems to imply that he began to devote himself to Philosophy and Theology shortly after Beatrice's death. (Convito, Tr. II. c. 13.) He compares himself to one who, ‘seeking silver, should, without meaning it, find gold, which an occult cause presents to him, not perhaps without the divine command.’ Here again apparently is an allusion to his having found Wisdom while he sought Learning. He had thought to find God in the beauty of his works, he learned to seek all things in God.
Myself [Virgil] can tell thee; beyond that await
For Beatrice, since 'tis a work of Faith.
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