John Milton

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John Milton (* 9. Dezember 1608 in London; † 8. November 1674 in Chalfont St. Giles) war ein englischer Dichter und Staatsphilosoph.

Sonett: "When I consider"

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

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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

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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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