(The). Homer, Dante, and 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 farther go,
To make a third, she joined the other two.
Dryden: A Tablet to the Memory of John Milton (St.
It was originally in the church of All Hallows, Bread Street.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
More on Immortal Three from Infoplease:
- Immortal Three - Immortal Three (The). Homer, Dante, and Milton. Three poets, in three distant ages born, Greece, ...
- Twelfth Khanda - 1. The Gâyatrî (verse) is everything whatsoever here exists. Gâyatrî indeed is speech, for speech sings forth (gaya-ti) and protects (traya-te) everyt
- Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: I - Definitions, origins, and illustrative excerpts for words, phases, and literary allusions starting with "I"