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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 Golden Age of Myth & Legend

Thomas Bulfinch - 1993 - 495 pages
...much truth 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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John Milton: 1628-1731

John T. Shawcross - 1995 - 439 pages
...Dryden, 'Epigram' (1688), printed beneath Milton's portrait in Paradise Lost, ed. Jacob Tonson (i< 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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Milton: The life

William Riley Parker - 1996 - 1539 pages
...than the then poet laureate, in a conventionally extravagant epigram, who first made the nomination: 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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Men of Letters and the English Public in the Eighteenth Century, 1660-1744 ...

Alexandre Beljame - 1998 - 492 pages
...Pvems, the second Sih'f, and the third Examen Poeticum. See my Bibliography, sv Dryden. " Three Pvets, in three distant Ages born, Greece, Italy and England did adorn. The First in lof1iness of thought Surpass Yl, The Next in Majesty ; in both the Last. The force of Nature couYl...
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Imperfect Sense: The Predicament of Milton's Irony

Victoria Silver - 2001 - 409 pages
...redemption was possible, by the atonement of a great poem."" Or in Dryden's less ambivalent phrase: 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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Gender, Theatre, and the Origins of Criticism: From Dryden to Manley

Marcie Frank - 2002 - 175 pages
...in the short poem that appeared on the frontispiece for the fourth edition of Paradise Lost (1688): 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 cou'd no farther goe: To make...
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The Age of Elizabeth in the Age of Johnson

Jack Lynch, John T. Lynch - 2003 - 224 pages
...poetic tradition, it is usually that of the ancient epic poets, as Dryden's epigram of 1688 makes clear: 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 cou'd no farther goe; To make...
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The Major Works

John Milton - 2003 - 966 pages
...beneath his portrait in the 1688 edition of Paradise Lost: Three poets, in three distant ages bom, 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...
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Paradise Lost, 1668-1968: Three Centuries of Commentary

Prof Earl Miner, Earl Roy Miner, William Moeck, Steven Edward Jablonski - 2004 - 510 pages
...Dryden. He also contributed anonymously some lines on Milton that were printed beneath a 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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Anecdotes of Johnson

Hesther Lynch Piozzi - 2006 - 300 pages
...priores Quae 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 surpassed, The next in majesty; in both the last. The force of Nature could no further go, To make...
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