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Dante and the Mystics Dante and St. " 1 The correspondence of the sixth stage, the desire of knowing what is true in the supreme degree (which St. Augustine calls ingressio), with the passage through the nine moving spheres, is sufficiently obvious; as also is that of the seventh, the very vision and contemplation of truth, in which religion feeds the soul, with the Empyrean, where Dante's soul is fed with the vision of the Divine in another life, but of the mystical ascent of the human spirit in this.
Non dei pili ammirar, se bene estimo Lo tuo salir, se non come d'un riv~ Se d'alto monte scende giuso ad imo. " 1 Also, in the De Doctrina Christiana, St, Augustine writes concerning the purification of the mind that it may see God:"Since that Truth is to be enjoyed, which liveth changelessly, and in it God the Trinity, the author and creator of the universe, provides for the things that He hath made; the mind must be purified, in order that it may be able to gaze into that light; and to cleave to it when it has been beheld.
Par. xxi. 83~90. "-Par. xxiii. 25~30. "-Par. xxx. 100-102. 3 Par. xxxiii. 67~IOS. 4 Cf. , q. 12, a. 5 . 80 81 1 Dante and the Mystics stricted to what he read of him in St. Augustine, and he does not seem to have been acquainted with the commentary of Macrobius on Cicero's Somnium Scipionis, from which St. ' Such passages in the Divina Commedia as that where, in the ninth sphere, the Angels are seen as circles of flame wheeling round the Point upon which "depends heaven and all nature," which so· closely resembles the Plotinian conception of the soul as a mobile circle, moved by desire round the centre which is God, upon which all things depend, and embracing Him as closely as she can, have an independent Aristotelian derivation, though coloured by Dionysius.
Dante and the Mystics: A Study of the Mystical Aspect of the Divine Commedia by Edmund Garratt Gardner