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Poems Every Child Should Know by  Mary E. Burt


 

 

ON HIS BLINDNESS

"Sonnet on His Blindness" (by John Milton, 1608-74). This is the most stately and pathetic sonnet in existence. The soul enduring enforced idleness and loss of power without repining. Inactivity made to serve a higher end.

"All service ranks the same with God!

There is no first or last."



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,

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Lodg'd 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-labour, 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.


JOHN MILTON.


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