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“In His Blindness”

I was in the Bank recently and with dread joined a queue of eight people ahead of me, and thought – “twenty minutes wait at least” – there were just two cashiers on duty and with two local branches having closed down, the bank will probably be far busier in future (and my wait was over twenty minutes, too!).  The lady in front of me turned round and complained how tedious it was, that it was just as bad when she came in twice before, and she was losing patience about how long some people take and chatted on at the counter.  I said I agreed, but there’s nothing we can do other than just be patient – after all “they also serve who only stand and wait” I said: and she then laughed and said how right that was.

That made me think, and when I got home I looked up that saying which is often used in conversation, and how often in chatting we may use a quote perhaps from Shakespeare or the Bible and not realise it.

I discovered that John Milton, famous for Paradise Lost, also wrote poetry, and the above-mentioned saying comes from his sonnet which is usually entitled “In his Blindness”.  His eyesight was fading when he wrote this around 1651 and by 1655 he was totally blind.  It is a very thoughtful sonnet and here it is below:

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.

Irene Schofield


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“In His Blindness”


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Munch with Music

Wednesday 7 February.

at St. John’s Church, Caterham Valley.

Double Duos: Repertoire from the Golden

Age of Shows from the 20’s to the 50’s.

Tea/Coffee served from 12:15,

Performance 12:45 until 1.30pm.