mi ritrovai per una selva oscura
ché la diritta via era smarrita.
The first tercet from "La Commedia Divina"
by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
This here is from my favorite english version,
tranlsated by Seamus Heaney:
In the middle of the journey of our life
I found myself astray in a dark wood
where the straight road had been lost sight of.