Immortal Three

(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. Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside).

It was originally in the church of All Hallows, Bread Street.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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