Purgatorio Canto VII

Purgatorio 7

‘Through all the circles of the woeful kingdom
I have made my way,’ he answered. ‘Power
from Heaven moved me and with that power I come.

vv. 22-24

Virgil makes himself known to Sordello. – Sordello leads the Poets to the Valley of the Princes who have been negligent of salvation. – He points them out by name.

Moving back into a narrative mode in the seventh canto, Dante writes that Sordello asks Virgil for his name. Virgil reveals his identity and explains that the only reason he is not in Heaven is his “lack of faith.” Sordello is amazed, praises Virgil’s poetry, and asks where he was in Hell. Virgil paints a flattering picture of Limbo and affirms that his only sin was one of omission. At the end of the speech, he asks for Sordello’s help in entering Purgatory proper. Sordello explains that souls in this area “are set in no fixed place”; he chooses to help them as long as the sun is out, as when it goes down, the will is beset with feelings of helplessness.

Now guiding Virgil and Dante, Sordello points them to a beautiful glade where “Nature had… painted there in all her hues” and “a thousand scents” are “blended into one fragrance strange and new.” The valley, referred to as the “Valley of the Princes,” is full of those who were kings, emperors, or other rulers in life. There he sees Emperor Rudolph of Austria, Ottocar of Bohemia, Philip III of France, Henry IV of Navarre, Pedro III of Aragon, Charles I of Anjou, and Henry III of England. With each ruler he sees, Sordello comments on their reign and legacy. Finally, he describes the Marquis of Monferrato looking up in prayer

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