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
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."

by John Milton

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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.
i love you sabado pati na rin linggo
i love you too and i miss you too forever and ever amen.
I liked the comment of Sri Harish Kumar quoting the words of the great astrophysicist Chandrasekhar. God does not need the service of man, as Milton has rightly pointed out and yet is important that we serve him selflessly so as to contribute to His scheme of things. A great poem indeed which I remember to have read in school.
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