[Three sodomites]: "Stop, you who by your clothing seem to be
someone who comes from our indecent country!" (Inf. XVI, 8-9)
[Virgil]: Therefore, I charge you, if you ever hear
a different tale of my town’s origin,
do not let any falsehood gull the truth."
And I: "Oh master, that which you have spoken
convinces me and so compels my trust
that others’ words would only be spent coals." (Inf. XX, 97-102)
[Virgil]: "Now you must cast aside your laziness,"
my master said, "for he who rests on down
or under covers cannot come to fame;
and he who spends his life without renown
leaves such a vestige of himself on earth
as smoke bequeaths to air or foam to water." (Inf. XXIV, 46-51)