Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321)
“The soul is by vile fear assail’d, which oft
So overcasts a man, that he recoils
From noblest resolution, like a beast
At some false semblance in the twilight gloom”
- Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy (Inferno, Canto II), translated by Henry F. Cary in the Harvard Classics series, edited by Charles W. Eliot, and published by P. F. Collier & Son (1909, 1937).