Loreena McKennitt: Dante’s Prayer, the last track on The Book of Secrets, released in 1997. A secret is something hidden until it is revealed; then it is known.
This song is inspired by the Divina Commedia, a long narrative poem in Italian that Dante Alighieri [1265–1321] wrote between 1308 and 1320. It tells the story of Human Redemption from a Christian point of view. It was more than 20 years ago that I read over the summer of 1995, and not for any academic course or credit but for the pursuit of understanding and knowledge, Dante’s Divine Comedy—all three books (Inferno, Purgatory, Paradise)—in a commendable and masterful translation initiated by Dorothy L. Sayers in 1949 and completed by Barbara Reynolds in 1962. This is one of those classics of literature that I recommend everyone ought to read, if only to apprehend the world in which we live, breathe and move.