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English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics. 1909–14.

John Dryden

266. On Milton

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 former two.