The Lovers
Canto V - Circle II
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Canto V - The Lovers
Paolo & Francesca

" …And all the while

the one of the two spirits spoke these words,
the other wept, in such a way that pity
blurred my senses; I swooned as though to die,

and fell to Hell’s floor as a body, dead falls.”

— Translation by Mark Musa

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Paolo & Francesca

…for when we read how her fond smile was kissed by such a lover,
he who is one with me alive and dead
breathed on my lips the tremor of his kiss…