I have a marble bust that has the inscription: NEL MEZZO MI RITROVA CHE LA DRITTA. Struggling with getting the right sense. Assistence requested.
This should be completed (and fixed) into the tercet
NEL MEZZO [DEL CAMMIN DI NOSTRA VITA]
MI RITROVA[I PER UNA SELVA OSCURA,]
CHE LA DIRITTA [VIA ERA SMARRITA.]
which is the very famous beginning of the “Comedia” (nowadays mostly known as “La divina commedia”) by Dante Alighieri, possibly the most important Italian poem, because modern Italian is basically founded upon it.
The sentence “nel mezzo mi ritrova che la dritta” means nothing, but it obviously suggests the three verses above to anybody who has studied a bit of Italian literature.