|To hold up roof or ceiling, as a corbel does,
|we sometimes see a crouching figure,
|its knees pushed up against its chest,
|and that unreal depiction may arouse
|in him who sees it real distress,
|such were these shapes when I could make them out.
|They were indeed hunched over more or less,
|depending on the burdens on their backs,
|and even he that showed the greatest patience,
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