Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Little Milton to Start Off the Week...

This is my favourite sonnet by John Milton, and probably his most well-known. It just resonates with my soul.

Sonnet XIX
On His Blindness

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-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, 1608-1674

1 comment:

wakeupcowboys said...

I need to read this every day.