A Measure of Perfection

‘Master, I asked, ‘after the great Judgment
will these torments be greater, less
or will they stay as harsh as they are now?

And he replied: ‘Return to your science,
which has it that, in measure of a thing’s perfection,
it feels both more of pleasure and of pain.

‘Although these accursed people
will never come to true perfection,
they will never be nearer it than they are now.’

-Dante’s Inferno, Canto VI, trans. Hollander