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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 Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D: Including A Journal of His Tour ..., Volume 1

James Boswell - 1846
...and wife of George Middletou, of Lenton, Esq. She died in 1780.— ED.] , 1773.— JETA.T. 64. pect a poet in a hundred generations." He then repeated...lines, " Three poets in three distant ages born," Sec. 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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Cyclopaedia of English Literature: A Selection of the Choicest ..., Volume 1

Robert Chambers - 1847
...harbinger of heaven, the way to show, The way which thou so well hast learnt below. — [On Milton.] ge. He gave UH this eternal spring IxHh the ¡.MI . The force of nature could no further go ; To make a third, she join'd the other two....
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Summer excursions in ... Kent, along the banks of the rivers Thames and Medway

1847 - 306 pages
...if he, with English pride, goes muttering on his way the lines now cut into the corner stone : — " 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 form...
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A critique on the critics; or, The Britannia, Athenæum, and clique unmasked

William Richard Harris (writer of verse.) - 1847 - 71 pages
...on?"—"No!"—Churton's Literary Rtgigter. Napoleon : an Epic Poem. By William Richard Harris. Longman & Co. " Three poets, in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy, and England did adorn." So sung a rhymer in the last century. Had he lived to our time, he would have added— " But lo ! a...
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Guesses at Truth: Second Series

Julius Charles Hare, Augustus William Hare - 1848 - 383 pages
...thoughts into so small a space, than are crowded into its last four lines. Does the reader remember it ? 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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North American First Class Reader: The Sixth Book of Tower's Series for ...

David Bates Tower - 1853 - 426 pages
...we cannot do better than to conclude what we would say with the following stanza : — ON MILTON. " 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 Family friend [ed. by R.K. Philp].

Robert Kemp Philp - 1863
...lines, assigned him the superiority over all ancient and modem bards. " Three poets," says he — - in three distant ages born Greece, Italy, and England did adorn ; The firit in loftiness of thought lurpaised ; The next in majesty ; in both the lafit. The force of nature...
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The British Millennial Harbinger and Family Magazine, Volume 2

1849
...Dryden — so far as respects genius and literary taste — Three poets, in three different ages torn, Greece, Italy, and England did adorn. The first in loftiness of thought surpassed, The next in beauty, in both the last ; The force of nature could no farther go, To make...
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Milton's Paradise Lost: With Copious Notes, Explanatory and Critical, Partly ...

John Milton, James Prendeville - 1850 - 382 pages
...him. made the foregoing observation is most natural, as he was the author of the famous epigram — "Three poets, in three distant ages born, Greece,...England did adorn : The first in loftiness of thought surpassed ; The second in dignity ; in both the last. The force of nature could no farther go ; To...
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The Millennial Harbinger

Alexander Campbell, Charles Louis Loos - 1850
...when t>e& forth in a good suit of Anglo-Saxon words. Ae Dryden said of Homer, Virgil and Milton — 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 nalurecould no farther go — To make...
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