Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 7: Day and Night


Earth Seen from Moon

By Project Apollo Archive (AS11-44-6555) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons




Souls can move freely

Anywhere they want only

During daylight hours


During hours of night

Souls cannot climb higher

They can climb lower


NOTE: Sordello explains, “After nightfall, you would not be able to move past this line. The shadows of night sap the soul and make it unable to move higher. During the night, we can move down the slope, but not up the slope.” Possibly, this is a reflection of our spiritual progress during our lives. While asleep, we make no spiritual progress.




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