The Divine Comedy: Illustrations by Gustave Doré

 

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A crucified Pharisee among the hypocrites

Inferno, Canto 23: A crucified Pharisee among the hypocrites

“O Friars,” began I, “your iniquitous...”
But said no more; for to mine eyes there rushed
One crucified with three stakes on the ground.

When me he saw, he writhed himself all over,
Blowing into his beard with suspirations;
And the Friar Catalan, who noticed this,

Said to me: “This transfixed one, whom thou seest,
Counselled the Pharisees that it was meet
To put one man to torture for the people.”