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Dante’s Purgatory: Canto 33 Retelling — Forest of Eden — Purgation Completed 

Chapter 33: Forest of Eden — Purgation Completed (Purgatory) The ladies sang words from Psalm 79, words that mourned the destruction of Jerusalem: “O God, the heathen are come into Your inheritance; Your holy temple have they defiled; they have … Continue reading

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Dante’s Purgatory: Canto 32 Retelling — Forest of Eden — Pageant of Church History

Chapter 32: Forest of Eden — Pageant of Church History (Purgatory) Dante stared at Beatrice. She had died in 1290, and he had 10 years of longing to look at her to satisfy. Sight was the only sense he used, … Continue reading

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Dante’s Purgatory: Canto 31 Retelling — Forest of Eden — Lethe

Chapter 31: Forest of Eden — Lethe (Purgatory) Beatrice spoke to Dante, “You there on the other side of the stream Lethe, speak. Isn’t what I have said true? You must confess that you have sinned.” Beatrice’s words had been … Continue reading

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Dante’s Purgatory: Canto 30 Retelling — Forest of Eden — Exit of Virgil; Entrance of Beatrice

Chapter 30: Forest of Eden — Exit of Virgil; Entrance of Beatrice (Purgatory) When the seven candlesticks and the rest of the procession had stopped, the 24 elders who followed them all turned to the chariot, which was a symbol … Continue reading

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Dante’s Purgatory — Canto 29 Retelling — Forest of Eden — Pageant of Revelation

Chapter 29: Forest of Eden — Pageant of Revelation (Purgatory) The lady then sang, “Blessed are they whose sins are forgiven.” Dante thought, The sins of anyone who is allowed to drink from the stream named Lethe are forgiven. The … Continue reading

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Dante’s Purgatory: Canto 28 Retelling — Forest of Eden (Matelda)

Chapter 28: Forest of Eden (Matelda) (Purgatory) Dante was eager to explore the top of the mountain, and without delay he set forth. On the top of the mountain is a forest. The green leaves made the light soft, without … Continue reading

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Dante’s Purgatory: Canto 27 Retelling — Lust (Third Prophetic Dream)

Chapter 27: Seventh Ledge — Lust (Third Prophetic Dream) (Purgatory) The time was 6 p.m., and soon the Sun would set. Dante saw an angel on the other side of the fire. He was singing, “Blessed are the Pure of … Continue reading

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