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."


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  • Pritt.Linda (4/29/2020 11:23:00 AM)

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  • christopher wright (12/11/2019 5:08:00 AM)

    At 15 years old I was the only pupil in the class to learn this poem which impressed my English teacher I am 72 now and have always being able to recite the 1st 4 lines and the end line. I guess years of life have taken its toll although I am not blind the poem gave me an insight to life itself. Will I be the one who will be served for standing and waiting or be served for helping others along the way.(Report)Reply

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  • John Milton’s (11/4/2019 1:07:00 PM)

    Add a comment.no his blindness(Report)Reply

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  • juliet (11/4/2019 1:06:00 PM)

    Add a comment.no his blindness(Report)Reply

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (8/28/2019 8:01:00 PM)

    I agree with Harvey Ching's comment below. Now I know it is a computer-generated voice which I hear. Not as good as a person reading.
    Milton's sonnet is a classical description of blindness. He tries to accept the disability.(Report)Reply

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  • Harvey Ching (8/5/2019 10:41:00 AM)

    The video supplied apparently utilized a computer generated voice. Those can never give a proper rendering of any poem. A human reader... who knows how to deliver an interpretive rendering of a poem is needed. (Few, I fear, know how to really read poetry- to make it come alive!)(Report)Reply

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  • Villupuram Chinnaih Pillai Ganesan (2/20/2019 9:40:00 PM)

    hello I name Villupuram Chinnaih Pillai Ganesan

    bahut achchhee kavita. mere lie hindee mein anuvaad dhanyavaad, I know small english me do not able to understand in american(Report)Reply

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  • Baaaaap (1/10/2019 6:39:00 AM)

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  • Buhroo Muzzafar (10/17/2018 8:03:00 AM)

    amazing poem I really love it.(Report)Reply

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  • H. McKoy (9/2/2018 5:28:00 PM)

    One of my favourite poems—touching the human feeling of physical affliction.(Report)Reply

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  • arianne (7/11/2018 7:39:00 AM)

    its a very amazing poem ever he did(Report)Reply

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  • Abhishek pandey (7/6/2018 6:02:00 AM)

    you are very great poet(Report)Reply

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  • Elizabeth (4/28/2018 3:05:00 AM)

    As we stand and wait (to serve) by the side of our loved ones who are in need; or as we bear graciously our own sufferings and limitations....we are the steadfast servants that our Lord desires. We would all love to rush about with great purpose but as one songwriter says... to stand there takes some grace.(Report)Reply

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  • Sunday dangi (4/6/2018 12:11:00 AM)

    More objective question(Report)Reply

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  • Bro. Khamel Majhi (2/15/2018 12:36:00 AM)

    Thank you for your great contribution that you revealed through this poem on his blindness by John milton. From which I can read and know your sharing service. We know that our wisdom, knowledge, and skills are for the service of the society. Thus we fulfill our joy.(Report)Reply

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  • christian cabats (1/7/2018 11:11:00 PM)

    i love you sabado pati na rin linggo(Report)Reply

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  • icko espelets (1/7/2018 11:10:00 PM)

    i love you too and i miss you too forever and ever amen.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003