Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321)
Is as the herb, whose hue doth come and go;
And his might withers it, by whom it sprang
Crude from the lap of the earth.”
- Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy (Purgatory, Canto XI), translated by Henry F. Cary in the Harvard Classics series, edited by Charles W. Eliot, and published by P. F. Collier & Son (1909, 1937).