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Sonnet: On His Blindness

When I consider how my light is spent,
Ere half my days, in the dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide,
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide,
Doth d exact day labour, light denied?
I fondly ask; but patience to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, d doth not need
Either man's work or his own gifts, who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best, his state
Is kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed
And post o'er land and ocean without rest;
They also serve who only stand and wait.

John Milton (1608 - 74)

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