“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 [watch].”
Better still, they serve who act while others wait.
They give, let others take…
Stay, I can’t be still when I know not
If I shall see or live another day.

John Milton’s poem, On His Blindness, was written while Milton was going blind, or shortly thereafter (circa 1652). At the same time, Milton lost his first wife after she gave birth. A son soon died. Milton went on to write his twelve-book epic poem, “Paradise Lost,” after becoming totally blind.