Virgil brings Dante to the gate of Hell. Above the gate, there is a dark inscription, which gives a terrifying warning to those who enter.
Canto III, 1-9
“Through me the way is to the city dolent;
Through me the way is to eternal dole;
Through me the way among the people lost.
Justice incited my sublime Creator;
Created me divine Omnipotence,
The highest Wisdom and the primal Love.
Before me there were no created things,
Only eterne, and I eternal last.
All hope abandon, ye who enter in!”