August 28, 2012

'When I Consider How My Light Is Spent,' by John Milton


I'm taking my mom to get her second eye cataract surgery done, which was making me think about losing one's vision, and that would in my case also make me lose my art, so today, a little Milton.



John Milton (via)


When I Consider How My Light Is Spent
 
by John Milton
 
When I consider how my light is spent,
   Ere half my days in this 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 God exact day-labor, light denied?"
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, "God 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."

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