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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 Age of Fable, Or, Stories of Gods and Heroes

Thomas Bulfinch - 1855 - 485 pages
...as it is usual to find in such pointed criticism : ON MILTON. " Three poets in three different ages born, Greece, Italy, and England did adorn. The first in loftiness of soul surpassed, The next in majesty, in both the last. The force of nature could no further go ; To...
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Laconics: Or the Best Words of the Best Authors ...

John Timbs - 1856
...the void, hy some rude shock we're broke. And all our boasted fire is lost in smoke. Congreve. 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...
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Laconics, Or The Best Words of the Best Authors

1856
...the void, by some rude shock we're broke, And all our boasted fire is lost in smoke. Congreve. MLXXL 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...
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A Collection of Familiar Quotations: With Complete Indices of Authors and ...

John Bartlett - 1856 - 358 pages
...that one hunting, which the devil design'd For one fair female, lost him half the kind. 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 Popular Educator, Volume 2

1856
...Milton's " Puradise Lost." Such is the perfection of these poems that they form a class by themselves. " Three poets, in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy, and England did adorn." The formation of our hermit, from the Greek eremites, illustrates the change which words undergo in passing...
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Class Book of Poetry: Consisting of Selections from Distinguished English ...

John Seely Hart - 1857 - 384 pages
...earth, busy and blind, Works all her folly up, and casts it outward To the world's open view. 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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JUNIUS LORD CHATHAM

WILLIAM DOWE - 1857
...as just as the original, but have not the tautology of " loftiness" and "majesty." " Three orators, in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy, and England did adorn. The first, in loftiness of thought, surpassed, The next, in language, and, in both, the last. The force of nature could no further go,...
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Studies in English poetry [an anthology] with biogr. sketches and notes by J ...

Joseph Payne - 1859
...both united be ; I live in pleasure when I live to Thee. Doddridge. II. LINES UNDER MILTON'S PORTRAIT. 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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Historical and Miscellaneous Questions for the Use of Young People

Richmal Mangnall - 1859 - 570 pages
...best portrayed in Dryden's celebrated verses, written under Milton's picture, which we subjoin: Three poets in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy,...England did adorn. The first in loftiness of thought surpass'ci, The next in majesty, in both the last; The force of Nature could no farther go, To...
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The Works of John Dryden: In Verse and Prose, Volume 1

John Dryden - 1859
...tomh. UNDER MR. MILTON'S PICTURE BEFORE HIS PARADISE LOST. TIIRFE poets in three distant ages horn, Greece, Italy, and England did adorn. The first, in...loftiness of thought surpass'd ; The next, in majesty ; in hoth the last. WHO DIED AT BATH, ARD If THKKi: TEREED.* BELOW this marhle monument is laid All that...
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