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I came into a place void of all light, which bellows like the sea in tempest, when it is combated by warring winds.
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.
And just as he who, with exhausted breath, having escaped from the sea to shore, turns to the perilous waters and gazes.
Consider the sea's listless chime: Time's self it is, made audible.
To run over better waters the little vessel of my genius now hoists her sails, as she leaves behind her a sea so cruel.
Therefore the sight that is granted to your world penetrates within the Eternal Justice as the eye into the sea; for though from the shore it sees the bottom, in the open sea it does not, and yet the bottom is there but the depth conceals it.
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