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 Dans’ker.Dantes’que (2 syl.). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Dante and Be’atri’ce
i.e. Beatrice Portina’ri, who was only eight years old when the poet first saw her. His abiding love for her was chaste as snow and pure as it was tender. Beatrice married a nobleman named Simo’ne de Bardi, and died young, in 1290. Dante married Gemma, of the powerful house of Dona’ti. In the Divi’na Comme’dia the poet is conducted first by Virgil (who represents human reason) through hell and purgatory; then by the spirit of Be’atri’ce (who represents the wisdom of faith); and finally by St. Bernard (who represents the wisdom from on high).   1

 Dans’ker.Dantes’que (2 syl.). 


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