“Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita
mi ritrovai per una selva oscura,
ché la diritta via era smarrita.”
– Dante Alighieri. La Divina Commedia. BUR Rizzoli, 2016.

“When I had journey half of our life’s way,
I found myself within a shadowed forest,
for I had lost the path that does not stray.”
– Dante Alighieri. The Divine Comedy. Translator Allen Mandelbaum.

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
you rod and your staff-
they comfort me.”
– Psalms 23:4 (NRSV)

“The days of our life are seventy years,
or perhaps eighty, if we are strong;
even then their span is only toil and trouble;
they are soon gone, and we fly away.”
– Psalms 90:10 (NRSV)

“Therefore a lion from the forest shall kill them,
a wolf from the desert shall destroy them.
A leopard is watching against their cities;
everyone who goes out of them shall be torn in pieces—
because their transgressions are many,
their apostasies are great.”
– Jeremiah 5:6 (NRSV)

Botticelli, Sandro. Dante and the Three Beasts. 1481.
Botticelli, Sandro. Dante and the Three Beasts.

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