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" Three poets in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy, and England did adorn : The first in loftiness of thought surpassed ; The next in majesty ; in both the last. The force of Nature could no further go, To make a third she joined the other two. "
THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D - Page 66
by JAMES BOSWELL - 1892
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The European Magazine: And London Review, Volume 9

1786
...poet but in hundred generations. Nay, (faid Dr. jormfon) not one family in an hundred can t зресИ a poet in a hundred generations. He then repeated Dryden's celebrated lines, Three poets in three luitant ages born, fcc." What a contradiction is tlm to the Doctor's rfTcrt^on, (rited in our Review...
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The journal of a tour to the Hebrides, with Samuel Johnson

James Boswell - 1785 - 524 pages
...family could not expert a poet but in a hundred generations — " Nay (faid Dr. Johnfon) not one family in a. hundred can expect a poet in a hundred generations."...repeated Dryden's celebrated lines, Three poets in three diftant ages born, Sic. and a part of a Latin tranflation of it done at Oxford *: he did not then fay...
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Boswell's Life of Johnson: Tour to the Hebrides (1773) and Journey into ...

James Boswell - 1786
...family could not expect a poet but in a hundred generations. ' Nay, (said Dr. Johnson,) not one family in a hundred can expect a poet in a hundred generations.'...lines, ' Three poets in three distant ages born,' &c. and a part of a Latin translation of it done at Oxford' : he did not then say by whom. He received...
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Poetry Explained for the Use of Young People

Richard Lovell Edgeworth - 1802 - 115 pages
...contemporaries, and yet has since been placed at the head of English classic literature by Dryden : — " Three poets, in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy and England did adorn, Homer in loftiness of thought surpass'd, Virgil in majesty, in both the last." " And ever against eating...
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Poésie, versification [etc

Albin-Joseph-Ulpien Hennet - 1806
...l'expression. Dryden me paraît avoir écouté l'orgueil national plus que la justice , quand il a dit : , , Three poets , in three distant ages born , Greece...England did adorn : The first in loftiness of thought surpass'dr The next in ma jesty , in both the last. The force of nature could no further go : To make...
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The British Martial: Or, An Anthology of English Epigrams: Being ..., Volume 1

1806
...captain, I'd put on gay looks, " If the judge and the jury to try me were cooks." CCXLVIII. MILTON. Three poets in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy,...England did adorn ; The first in loftiness of thought surpast ; The next in majesty — in both the last. The force of Nature could no farther go ; To make...
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The Poetical Preceptor; Or, A Collection of Select Pieces of Poetry ...

1806 - 380 pages
...Can Stuart or Nassau claim higher? Under MILTON'S PICTURE, before kis PARADISE LOST. (DRYDEN.J THRKE Poets, in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy,...England did adorn. The first in loftiness of thought surpass'dj The next, in majesty; in both the last. The pow'r of Nature could no further go; To make...
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The Juvenile Plutarch:: Containing Accounts of the Lives of Celebrated ...

1806 - 204 pages
...epigram, constantly prefixed to Para» John Milton. disc Lost, is little more than a translation : Three poets in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy, and England did adorn : The first in majesty of thought surpass'd, The next in gracefulness, in both the last. The force of nature could...
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A select collection of epitaphs and monumental inscriptions, with anecdotes ...

Select collection - 1806 - 230 pages
...rose satisfy'd, Thank' d heav'n that he hadliv'd, and that he dy'd. * This plain floor ON JOHN MILTOX. Three poets in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy, and England did adorn : Thejint in loftiness of thought surpast ; The next in majesty ; in both the last. The force of nature...
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The poets of Great Britain complete from Chaucer to Churchill, Volume 21

John Bell - 1807
...EPIGRAMMATIC LINES Under MILTON'S Picture before Paradise Lost. rp J HREE poets, in three distant ages bom, Greece, Italy, and England, did adorn. The first in loftiness of thought surpast ; The next, in majesty ; in both, the last. The force of Nature could no further go ; To make...
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