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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
On His Blindness

John Milton (1608–1674)
WHEN 1 I consider how my light is spent
E’er half my days, in this dark world and wide,
And that one Talent which is death to hide
Lodg’d with me useless, though my Soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker and present        5
My true account, least he returning chide,—
Doth God exact day-labour, light deny’d?
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        10
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.
Note 1. Milton. The punctuation and spelling modern. [back]

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