Sonnet XVII

John Milton
When I consider how my light is spent,
Ere half my days, in this world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodged 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.’
John Milton (1608-1674) 1652?

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