"A gentle Lady is in Heaven, who grieves At this impediment"

(Canto 2, lines 94-95)

This "gentle Lady" is mother Mary. The "three such Ladies benedight" in line 124 below are therefore the Holy Mother, Lucia, and Beatrice. Early commentators thought that these three saints were charged with bestowing grace, enlightenment and benevolent inspiration, respectively, or that they represented, in turn, compassion, hope and faith.