Divina Commedia

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An excerpt from Longfellow's "Divina Commedia:"Oft have I seen at some cathedral doorA laborer, pausing in the dust and heat,Lay down his burden, and with reverent feetEnter, and cross himself, and on the floorKneel to repeat his paternoster o’er;Far off the noises of the world retreat;The loud vociferations of the streetBecome an undistinguishable roar.So, as I enter here from day to day,And leave my burden at this minster gate,Kneeling in prayer, and not ashamed to pray,The tumult of the time disconsolateTo inarticulate murmurs dies away,While the eternal ages watch and wait. . . .

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