Carmina Elegiaca. English translation. Back to Latin text. Open Latin text in new window.

Introduction. These lines, along with those that begin "Ignavus satrapem" were discovered in 1874 by A. J. Horwood, in a box that also contained Milton's Commonplace Book. Neither of these poems ever appeared in print in Milton's lifetime. The translation is by James Sitar, presented here by his kind permission.

Titan. That is, the sun.

Daulian bird. Probably the nightingale. Daulis in Phocis, according to Ovid's Metamorphoses 6.412-74, was the site of Philomela's transformation into a nightingale, her sister Procne's transformation into a swallow, and the rapist Tereus's transformation into a hoopoe.