"Even as I loved thee
In mortal body, so I love thee free;
Therefore I stop; but wherefore goest thou?"
No outrage has been done me,
If he who takes both when and whom he pleases
Has many times denied to me this passage,
For of a righteous will his own is made.
He, sooth to say, for three months past has taken
Whoever wished to enter with all peace;
Whence I, who now had turned unto that shore
Where salt the waters of the Tiber grow,
Benignantly by him have been received.
Unto that outlet now his wing is pointed,
Because for evermore assemble there
Those who tow'rds Acheron do not descend.
"Love, that within my mind discourses with me".
Purgatory, II, 88–90; 94–105; 112.