in Tonson's Folio Edition of the 'Paradise Lost,' 1688.
by John Dryden
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 farther go;
To make a third she joined the former two.
Note: A recitation can be heard here.