A Poem of Surrender

Milton was going blind when he wrote this Sonnet.  He was wondering how he could continue his work.  Would he be able to serve and glorify God any longer?  Would he be rebuked by God for not completing his task?  The answer of course, is that God doesn’t need our works– what He wants is our surrender to His will.

Sonnet 19: When I consider how my light is spent

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
   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.
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