“Up on your feet! This is no time to tire!”
my Master cried. “ The man who lies asleep
will never waken fame, and his desire
and all his life drift past him like a dream,
and the traces of his memory fade from time
like smoke in air, or ripples on a stream.
Now, therefore, rise. Control your breath, and call
upon the strength of soul that wins all battles
unless it sink in the gross body’s fall.
There is a longer ladder yet to climb:
this much is not enough. If you understand me,
show that you mean to profit from your time.”
(Dante, Inferno, canto XXIV, trans. John Ciardi.)