Dante Alighieri (1315-1318) - 883 

assurance in herself, on her behalf
commanded that there be two princes, one
on this side, one on that side, as her guides.

One prince was all seraphic in his ardor;
the other, for his wisdom, had possessed
the splendor of cherubic light on earth.a

I shall devote my tale to one, because
in praising either prince one praises both:
the labors of the two were toward one goal.

Between Topino’s stream and that which flows
down from the hill the blessed Ubaldo chose,
from a high peak there hangs a fertile slope;b

from there Perugia feels both heat and cold
at Porta Sole,c while behind it sorrow
Nocera and Gualdo under their hard yoke.d

From this hillside, where it abates its rise,
a sun was born into the world, much like
this sun when it is climbing from the Ganges.e

Therefore let him who names this site not say
Ascesi, which would be to say too little,
but Orient,f if he would name it rightly.




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 883