Introduction. Except for this elegant rendering into English of Horace's fifth ode, all the other additions to Milton's Poems in 1673 were sonnets and Psalm translations. We do not know the date this was composed, but it appeared in Poems (1673) following sonnet 23 (XIX).

Headnote. The grave accent over the "e" is broken in 1673 and "miseros" is followed by two periods.

vacant. Available, single.

weeds. Clothes.

God of Sea. Neptune.