Friday, August 24, 2007

Poetry Friday: They Also Serve...

"They also serve who only stand and wait."

I found this line in one of my old day timers. From the date, I'd guess I was probably in the hospital with Aidan at the time. Anyway, here's the whole thing -- it is by John Milton:

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
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."

1 comment:

Melanie B said...

I love this poem. I first met it when I was an undergrad and had since forgotten all but the one line. Thanks for reminding me.