Forse tu non pensavi ch’io löico fossi!

From Inferno Canto 27.112-129 – the conclusion of Guido da Montefeltro’s story

Francesco venne poi com’ io fu’ morto,
per me; ma un d’i neri cherubini
li disse: “Non portar: non mi far torto.

Venir se ne dee giù tra ’ miei meschini
perché diede ’l consiglio frodolente,
dal quale in qua stato li sono a’ crini;

ch’assolver non si può chi non si pente,
né pentere e volere insieme puossi
per la contradizion che nol consente”.

Oh me dolente! come mi riscossi
quando mi prese dicendomi: “Forse
tu non pensavi ch’io löico fossi!”.

A Minòs mi portò; e quelli attorse
otto volte la coda al dosso duro;
e poi che per gran rabbia la si morse,

disse: “Questi è d’i rei del foco furo”;
per ch’io là dove vedi son perduto,
e sì vestito, andando, mi rancuro».
Francis came afterward, when I was dead,
For me; but one of the black Cherubim
Said to him: ‘ Take him not; do me no wrong;


He must come down among my servitors,
Because he gave the fraudulent advice
From which time forth I have been at his hair;

For who repents not cannot be absolved,
Nor can one both repent and will at once,
Because of the contradiction which consents not.

O miserable me ! how I did shudder
When he seized on me, saying: ‘ Peradventure
Thou didst not think that I was a logician ! ‘

He bore me unto Minos, who entwined
Eight times his tail about his stubborn back,
And after he had bitten it in great rage,

Said: ‘ Of the thievish fire a culprit this ;’
Wherefore, here where thou seest, am I lost,
And vested thus in going I bemoan me.”

 

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