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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

2958 John Dryden 1631-1700 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:John Dryden (1631–1700)
QUOTATION:Three poets, in three distant ages born,
Greece, Italy, and 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 a third, she join’d the former two. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Under Mr. Milton’s Picture.
Note 1.
Græcia Mæonidam, jactet sibi Roma Maronem,
Anglia Miltonum jactat utrique parem
(Greece boasts her Homer, Rome can Virgil claim;
England can either match in Milton’s fame).
Selvaggi: Ad Joannem Miltonum. [back]