But taken from me was this drowsiness
Suddenly by a people, that behind
Our backs already had come round to us.
And as, of old, Ismenus and Asopus
Beside them saw at night the rush and throng,
If but the Thebans were in need of Bacchus,
So they along that circle curve their step,
From what I saw of those approaching us,
Who by good-will and righteous love are ridden.
Full soon they were upon us, because running
Moved onward all that mighty multitude,
Purgatorio, Canto XVIII, 88-98
Discourse on Sloth
- Acedia (Sloth) by Thierry Wasser
- "Forever lost under the Mediterranean sun."