John Milton

(9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674 / London, England)

On His Blindness - Poem 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
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."

Comments about On His Blindness by John Milton

  • Rookie - 66 Points Joshua Daniel (9/9/2015 3:25:00 AM)

    please read the last few lines of the poem and then you can understand the judgment given by lord sumner regarding common intention. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 66 Points Joshua Daniel (9/9/2015 3:24:00 AM)

    This poem was cited in reference to a case proving common intention section 34 of Indian Penal Code. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 66 Points Joshua Daniel (9/9/2015 3:23:00 AM)

    Achuthan Pillai cited this poem for judgment of Common Intention u/s section 34 of Indian Penal Code. To prove that the people who stand and wait also be regarded as perpetrators of the same offence. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,822 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (2/25/2015 1:32:00 AM)

    Metaphor in John Milton and his suffering beautified the poems (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 36,928 Points * Sunprincess * (6/18/2014 4:12:00 PM)

    ................a wonderful poem...truly a thought provoking write.... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,139 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (2/25/2014 9:40:00 AM)

    To the blind, He provides inner light
    Double their gifts to match their sight denied
    And in the after world that is pure and white
    They will see missed colours with bright new eyes...........

    I welcome all ye poets reading this to my page too (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 11,015 Points Soulful Heart (2/25/2014 3:04:00 AM)

    Patience -a virtue that has made man the resilient one........thy blessings i welcome as thy strife.....a poem of guidance for the ones that lose hope soon... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jerome Brown (8/25/2013 5:54:00 AM)

    Lovely poem, showing Milton's appreciation of the greatness of God! Not that I agree with him, but from an agnostic point of view (not necessarily mine) , God (should he exist) , is so supernatural (magic even!) , that he does not require anything from anybody. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Robert Schroll (6/11/2013 12:09:00 PM)

    Harry Reasoner, the late, great, ABC News anchorman, once ended a news broadcast by describing the gift Richard Nixon's daughters were giving him for Christmas - a surfboard! Reasoner explained that Nixon had decided he would be content to let others use the board while he would watch from shore. Which proves only one thing, said Reasoner. They also surf who only stand and wade. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Harish Kumar (5/17/2013 11:41:00 AM)

    When Indian Astrophysicist Chandrashekar (after whom the Chandra X-Ray observatory is named) , received his Nobel Prize in Physics at the age of 70, for the work he completed at the age of 18, a lady asked him how he could wait that long. He replied, quoting the last line of the above poem, They also serve only those who stand and wait.) (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,451 Points Neela Nath Das (2/25/2013 8:24:00 AM)

    This is the way of god.-They also serve who only stand and wait. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Adi Adnan S (11/25/2012 9:20:00 AM)

    She was crying becaus she had no new shoes but when she came across to man who has no feet¿ ¿ ¿ Just the last line sruck my deep feelings, what the lament over we have not! just thank God what we have! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 103 Points Sankaran Ayya (2/25/2012 11:09:00 PM)

    Milton's classic poem Each word in this poem is golden advice particularly
    the last line They also serve who only stand and wait is the line with poet's
    classic touch, a sparkling diamond on golden jewel.I INVITE EVERYBODY TO
    READ THIS POEM AND FEEL THE MILTONIC TOUCH who justified the ways of
    men to God.
    --KAVIN CHARALAN Marks10+10+10+10+10.......... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,483 Points Shahzia Batool (2/25/2012 9:30:00 AM)

    the sestet offers a universally accepted religious belief...n if only stand n wait...means to serve the Almighty, then it means there is a deep philosophy of patience, tolerance and hope... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nandkishor Dadhich (1/5/2012 4:57:00 AM)

    What a way to Justify the ways of god. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 15,816 Points Ramesh T A (2/25/2010 1:21:00 AM)

    There is no point in lamenting or complaining about our short comings in life! For, God does not need any of our service or want anything from us as He is infinitely self-sufficient and self-reliant ever! Talented or not, bright or blind it is our duty to the best we can to prove our mettle before Him being worthy of ourselves being His creations! It is Milton's best example of his intellectual analysis and resolution that made him noble and great ever! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 192 Points Joseph Poewhit (2/25/2010 1:20:00 AM)

    Deep words on the state of mortal man and GOD. PURPOSE, in life seems to be Milton's contemplations. What is man's purpose before GOD? From talents to stoic mortals waiting, upon purpose before GOD. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,412 Points Indira Renganathan (2/25/2010 12:36:00 AM)

    Written true to real and natural human thinking...of what size each one of us in this vast macrocosm...everything is godly under His better to wait...and I like these lines
    ' 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
    My true account, lest he returning chide, '...excellent (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Glenn11 Austria (7/21/2009 6:54:00 AM)

    was dat really our purpose? wat a pity, , we lived this short, painful, tiring, never ending it seems sometimes, , , but its the best ive got, , and i dont think living an endless life after that would be this GREAT! , , even if its wid the so called saviuor, , ide rather live wid my mother hu sacrificed part of her life for me, or my friends hus always there for me, , if it is really 1 of my purpose it wud be the least id do (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 2 Points Kainwo Moses (6/17/2009 6:17:00 PM)

    I cannot agree more with Ian. This 'blind' poet has sharper eyes that those who rate him less than 10. Any line from this poet at all times will send me to sleep well anywhere any time. There is a message here for both the abled and the differently abled. John Milton has taught me to stand and wait. May his sould find peace with his Maker upon whom he now waits... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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