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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 juvenile Plutarch, accounts of the lives of celebrated children ..., Part 2

1820
...Dryden's celebrated epigram, constantly prelixed to ParaK '2 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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O paraiso perdido: poema epico, Volume 2

John Milton - 1823
...FIRMINO UIDOT, IMPRESSOR UO REI, RUA JACOB, N' l/;. i8a3. Three poets, in three distant ages boro, 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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Anecdotes of the late Samuel Johnson, LL.D. during the last twenty years of ...

Hester Lynch Piozzi - 1826 - 237 pages
...priores Qua; potuere duos, tertius unus habet : from the famous lines written under Milton's 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 a...
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Laconics: Or Instructive Miscellanies, Selected from the Best Authors ...

A general reader - 1827 - 188 pages
...Muse in marble might express, Is known already: Praise would make him less. Pope's Works. ON 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 j To make...
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Laconics; or, The best words of the best authors [ed. by J. Timbs ..., Volume 2

Laconics, John Timbs - 1829 - 360 pages
...the void, by some rude shock we're broke, And all our boasted fire is lost in smoke. MLXXI. Congreve. Three poets, in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy,...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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Laconics: Or, The Best Words of the Best Authors, Volume 2

John Timbs - 1829
...the void, by some rude shock we're broke, And all our boasted fire is lost in smoke. Congreee. MLXXI. Three poets, in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy,...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 Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Volume 16

1830
...imitated (perhaps unintentionally) by Dryden, in his celebrated encomium on Milton; beginning — " Three poets, in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy,...and England did adorn ; The first in loftiness of thougbt surpass'd; The next in majesty— in both tlie last. The force of Nature could no farther go...
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The life of Samuel Johnson ... including A journal of a tour to ..., Volume 2

James Boswell - 1831
...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."...celebrated lines, " Three poets in three distant ages bom," &e. and a part of a Latin translation of it done at Oxford': he did not then say by whom. Tour...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Including a Journal of a Tour to the ...

James Boswell - 1833
...third Earl of Stamford, and wife of George Middleton, of Lenton, Esq. She died in 1780.— ED.] pect a poet in a hundred generations." He then repeated...lines, " Three poets in three distant ages born," fcc. and a part of a Latin translation of it done «l Oxford 1 : he did not then say by whom. He received...
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John Milton: His Life and Times, Religious and Political Opinions: With an ...

Joseph Ivimey - 1833 - 397 pages
...and juster description of MILTON, considered as a poet, than in the well-known words of Dryden :— " Three Poets in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy,...England, did adorn: The first in loftiness of thought surpassed; The next in majesty; in both the lastThe force of nature could no further go : To make a...
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