Then he who was my escort took my hand;
he led to the lacerated thorn
that wept in vain where it was bleeding, broken.
" O Jacob," it said da Santo Marco,
what have you gained by using me as screen?
Am I to blame for your indecent life?''
Presemi allor al respuglio che piangea
per le rotture sanguinenti in vano.
" O Jacopo," dicea da Santo Marco,
che t'e giovato di me fare schermo?
che colpa ho io de la tua vita rea?"
from Canto XIII 119
by Dante Alighieri