- dust, swirled
Between we gathered three, in the darkening gloom
Of the chapel within San Paolo, as then, from out eu-topos,
The unhurried, sure steps, of Saint Benedict and Saint
Dominic appeared before me - the glowing pate and
Glimmering hairs, lay razed upon the skull of the once
Auditioning 'Rule of the Master', and his dark
Covering black scapular, roamed above the unglossy
Tunic, known to monastics all over Christendom;
And beside him, the frothy innocence of the girded
Of the white and black, good Saint Dominic, the
Ravishing brown beads of his rosary, wrapped
About the girth of his brown belt.
The Christ Colloquy' Book I Commedia Canto III: 190- 202, Grattan.
Virgil, Dante and Andrew meet for the first time, in a side chapel, in
St. Paul's outside-the-walls, in Rome, after Vespers, on Good Friday evening in 2013. They are then joined, by St. Benedict and St. Dominic, who bless and sanction, Andrew's descent into Dante's Inferno, as it is in 2013, on Good Friday night, to write a new literary "gospel", primarily for Christ and Our Lady.