|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||John Dryden (16311700)|
|QUOTATION:||Three poets, in three distant ages born,|
Greece, Italy, and England did adorn.
The first in loftiness of thought surpassd;
The next, in majesty; in both the last.
The force of Nature could no further go;
To make a third, she joind the former two. 1
|ATTRIBUTION:||Under Mr. Miltons Picture.|
Græcia Mæonidam, jactet sibi Roma Maronem,
Anglia Miltonum jactat utrique parem
(Greece boasts her Homer, Rome can Virgil claim;
England can either match in Miltons fame).
Selvaggi: Ad Joannem Miltonum. [back]