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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Immortal Three (The).
Homer, Dante, and Milton.   1
“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 farther go,
To make a third, she joined the other two.”
Dryden: A Tablet to the Memory of John Milton (St. Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside).
   It was originally in the church of All Hallows, Bread Street.   2

 Immortal Four of Italy (The).Immortal Tinker (The). 


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