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Portrait frontispiece of Milton with Dryden's lines in the 1688 Tonson edition of 'Paradise Lost'


These lines appeared under the frontispiece portrait of Milton in
Tonson's 1688 4th Edition of Milton's Paradise Lost [see above].

Three Poets, in three distant Ages born,
Greece, Italy, and England did adorn.
First in loftiness of thought surpass'd;
Next in Majesty; in both the Last.
The force of Nature cou'd no farther goe:
To make a
Third she joynd the former two.

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