Guido del Duca]: “My blood was so afire with envy that,
when I had seen a man becoming happy,
the lividness in me was plain to see.
From what I’ve sown, this is the straw I reap:
o humankind, why do you set your hearts
there where our sharing cannot have a part?” (Purg. XIV, 82-87)
Following them, the others [the Slothful] cried: “Quick, quick,
lest time be lost through insufficient love;
where urge for good is keen, grace finds new green.” (Purg. XVIII, 103-105)
[Pope Adrian V]: “Until that point I was a squalid soul,
from God divided, wholly avaricious;
now, as you see, I’m punished here for that.
What avarice enacts is here declared
in the purgation of converted souls;
the mountain has no punishment more bitter.
Just as we did not lift our eyes on high
but set our sight on earthly things instead,
so justice here impels our eyes toward earth.
As avarice annulled in us the love
of any other good, and thus we lost
our chance for righteous works, so justice here
fetters our hands and feet and holds us captive;
and for as long as it may please our just
Lord, here we’ll be outstretched and motionless.” (Purg. XIX, 112-126)