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

  • (4/11/2017 11:17:00 AM)


    Milton who became blind after completing the 12 books of Paradise Lost thought that God had punished him for highlighting the project of Satan, the devil. To find relief, he wrote 2 more books of Paradise Regained. (Report) Reply

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  • (3/12/2017 8:37:00 AM)


    Brilliant (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (1/9/2017 12:26:00 PM)

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    Milton's poetic patience is just as relevant to day. (Report) Reply

  • Prabir Gayen (7/8/2016 4:35:00 PM)


    Tiuching (Report) Reply

  • (4/26/2016 5:26:00 AM)


    So cool a poem (Report) Reply

  • (4/26/2016 5:26:00 AM)


    So cool a poem (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (2/25/2015 1:32:00 AM)


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

  • (6/18/2014 4:12:00 PM)


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

  • 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
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  • 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

  • (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

  • (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

  • (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

  • 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

  • (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

  • (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..........
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  • 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

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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