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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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A Compendium of English Literature: Chronologically Arranged, from Sir John ...

Charles Dexter Cleveland - 1860 - 762 pages
...go, As harbinger of heaven, the way to show, The way which thou so well hast learnt below. ON MILTON. Three poets, in three distant ages born, Greece, Italy,...loftiness of thought surpass'd ; The next in majesty j in both the last. The force of nature could no further go; To make a third, she join'd the other...
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The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL. D.

James Boswell - 1860 - 360 pages
...family could not expect a poetbutin 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 horn, Greece, Italy, and England did adorn: The first in loftiness of thought surpassed ; The next...
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Modern Language Notes, Volume 23

1908
...Lost' (Dryden, Workf, ed. Scott and Saintsbury, 11. 162) : Three poets, in three distant ages tx>rn, 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...
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Mythology: The Age of Fable, The Age of Chivalry, Legends of Charlemagne

Thomas Bulfinch - 1913 - 2 pages
...truth as it is usual to find in such pointed criticism: "Ox 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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Paradise Lost: Introduction

John Broadbent - 1972 - 186 pages
...engravings after the Spanish artist Medina, and a new portrait engraving with a poem by Dryden under it: 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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Collected Essays, Papers, Etc, Volume 10

Robert Bridges - 282 pages
...did John Dryden mnn uflien, after ntdinj disc Lost, ht wrote vnder Milton's portrat die known verstf? 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 further go; To make...
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The Original Rhythmical Grammar of the English Language

James Chapman - 1976
...hundred ways with two. p' pp P , P' r P P'PP* 4. Three poets ui three distant ages born, P' PPPPPPPP P' Greece, Italy, and England did adorn : The first in loftiness of thought surpass'd, , PPP P. PPP P', P PThe next in majesty, in both the last. P P' PPPP , , P /' , P P' '1 he force...
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The Central literary magazine, Volume 5

Birmingham central literary assoc - 1881
...wrote the following in regard to Milton, while the great Epic Poet was still in " dim eclipse :" " 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...
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The Battle of the Books: History and Literature in the Augustan Age

Joseph M. Levine - 1991 - 428 pages
...poems, as in Dryden's famous epigram that adorned the 1688 edition: 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. To make a third, she joined the former two.17 Of...
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The Columbia Granger's Dictionary of Poetry Quotations

Edith P. Hazen - 1992 - 1132 pages
...way to live, by dying. LiTB; OBEV; QFR; SeCV-2 Lines Printed under the Engraved Portrait of Milton 10 . surpassed, The next in majesty, in both the last: The force of Nature could no farther go; To make...
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