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
- Being filled with great joy
- Calling it a “vision”