A divine light is directed on me,
penetrating this glow in which I am contained,
whose virtue, combined with my vision,
lifts me so far above myself that I see
the Supreme Essence from which it is derived.
Thence comes the joy with which I shine,
because I match the clarity of my flame
to the clearness of my vision.
Source: Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy, trans. H.R. Huse (New York: Rinehart, 1956), 426.
Some similarities to Joseph Smith’s First Vision might include:
Seeing a divine light, which is related to shining and flames
This light is directed onto him
Being enveloped in the light so it is all around, being contained in it
Mind being caught way from oneself, elevated and raised to a heavenly sphere
Seeing Divinity, the Supreme Essence, the source of the light
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