• To course across more kindly waters now my talent's little vessel lifts her sails, leaving behind herself a sea so cruel; and what I sing will be that second kingdom, in which the human soul is cleansed of sin, becoming worthy of ascent to Heaven.

    Dante Alighieri (1982). “Purgatorio: Introduction, Italian test & translation, and thirty-four drawings”, p.2, Univ of California Press