"as Beatrice Speaks still to us, though Dante's flesh is dust"

 Beatrice di Folco Portinari (1266 - 1290), was the muse of the poet Dante Alighieri. She appeared as a character in two of his works - La Vita Nuova and the Divine Comedy. She was married to another man, and Dante met her just twice, but his feelings for her were powerful enough to be carried throughout his life.