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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 Works of John Dryden: Now First Collected in Eighteen Volumes ..., Volume 11

John Dryden - 1808
...at Rome : Graecia Moeonidem, jactet sibi Roma Maronem, Anglia Miltonum jactat utrique parent. I HREE poets, in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy,...England, did adorn. The first, in loftiness of thought surpassed j The next, in majesty ; in both, the last. The force of nature could no further go ; To...
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The Works of John Dryden: Now First Collected ...

John Dryden, Walter Scott - 1808
...jactet sibi Roma Maronem, Anglia Miltonum jactat utrique parem. poets, in three distant ages bori}, 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...
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The panorama of wit. Exhibiting the choicest epigrams in the English language

Panorama - 1809
...I who bless'd like Paris, fear'd his fall, Swore each a Venus was,— and pleas'd them all. MILTON. THREE poets in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy, and England did adorn ; The 6rst in loftiness of thonght surpast; The next in majesty — in both the last. The force of Nature...
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The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, with Samuel Johnson, L. L. D.

James Boswell - 1810 - 414 pages
...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." He then repeated Dryden's gelebrated lines, Three poets in three distant ages born, &c. and a part of a Latin translation of...
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Enfield's Guide to Elocution: Improved and Classically Divided Into Six ...

John Sabine - 1810 - 295 pages
...o'er the dstrk' her silver marifle threw. MILTON, O» Milton. Three poets in three distant ages b6rn, 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 farther go; To make...
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A Selection of English Epigrams: Extracted Principally from the British and ...

1812 - 131 pages
...like a true modern spouse, — For she fled from his arms — to distinguish his brtnvs. CCI. 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 further go ; To make...
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The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, with Samuel Johnson

James Boswell - 1813 - 460 pages
...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." He then repeated Pryden's celebrated lines, Three poets in three distant ages born, &c. and a part of a Latin translation...
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The British Nepos; or, Youth's mirror: lives of illustrious Britons

William Fordyce Mavor - 1816
...which they can be thrown. JOHN MILTON. Born 1608.—Died 1674. From 5th James /., to 2.5th Charles II. Three poets in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy,...loftiness of thought surpass'd ; The next in majesty; i» both the. last: The force of Nature could no further go ; To make a third, she join d the former...
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The British Plutarch: Containing the Lives of the Most Eminent ..., Volume 3

Francis Wrangham - 1816
...music." His character as a poet is given in the following lines, written by Dryden under his picture : ' 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 Juvenile Plutarch: Containing Accounts of the Lives of ..., Volume 2

1820 - 184 pages
...Dryden's celebrated epigram, constantly prefixed to Paradisc 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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