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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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Class Book of Prose and Poetry: Consisting of Selections from the Best ...

Truman Rickard, Hiram Orcutt - 1850 - 120 pages
...eternal home \ Leaving the old, both worlds at once they view, That stand upon the threshold of the new. Three poets, in three distant ages born, > Greece,...England did adorn. The first in loftiness of thought surpassed, The next in majesty, in both the last. EXERCISE XII. Death of Adam and Eve. — MONTGOMERY....
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The British Millennial Harbinger

1850
...when set forth in a good suit of Anglo-Saxon words. As Dryden said of Homer, Virgil, and Milton : " Three poets in three distant ages born — Greece,...England, did adorn : The first in loftiness of thought surpast, The next in beauty, both the last : The force of Nature could no further go, To make a third...
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Cyclopaedia of English Literature: A Selection of the Choicest ..., Volume 1

Robert Chambers - 1850
...As harbinger of heaven, the way to show, The way which thou so well hast learnt below. [On Milton.'] adom. The first in loftiness of thought surpassM, The next in majesty ; in both the liwt. The force...
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The life of Samuel Johnson. [Followed by] The journal of a tour to ..., Volume 5

James Boswell - 1851
...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."...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 PARADISE LOST

JOHN MILTON - 1851
...merit. Dryden was by no means extravagant in the praise which he bestowed upon it in his well-known lines ; " Three poets in three distant ages born,...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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Adams's pocket London guide book

Edward Litt L. Blanchard - 1851 - 241 pages
...encircled by a serpent holding an apple. Itis peculiarly suggestive of Dryden's graceful panegyric : — " 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 farther go ; To make...
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The English Journal of Education, Volume 5

1851
...the following passage, and parse the, words printed in italics. To what three poets does it refer ? 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 mahe...
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London as it is to-day

1851
...and on the outside of the church, a tablet with the following inscription has been placed ; — •' Three poets, in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy,...England did adorn : The first in loftiness of thought surpass' d. The next in majesty— in both the last. The force of Nature could no farther go, To make...
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Scholarship examinations of 1846/47 (-1853/54).

Bengal council of educ - 1852
...horror that and thilling fears, Or ope the sacred source of sympathetic tears.' " Answer 9th.— " Three poets in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy...England did adorn, The first in loftiness of thought surpnst, The next in majesty, in both the last; The force of nature could no further go, To make a...
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Sketches of English Literature from the Fourteenth to the Present Century

Clara Lucas Balfour - 1852 - 404 pages
...and the ancients too." Subsequently he recorded his praise in verse. " Three poets in three different 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 farther go ; To make...
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