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When I Consider How My Light is Spent (On His Blindness)

When I Consider How My Light is Spent (On His Blindness)

by John Milton

Dreams, Hopes, and Plans Quotes

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Quote #4

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Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. (lines 10-11)

According to "patience," we all wear a "yoke" to prevent us from straying off course. The yoke sometimes prevents us from doing the things we want or could be doing, but in the end, the farmer knows best, right?

Quote #5

They also serve who only stand and wait." (line 14)

Nobody likes to wait. At the dentist's office, at the train station, in line at the movies: waiting is rarely fun. But if you're waiting on someone, that's different, especially if that someone is a king. You have to be ready at the drop of a hat to serve the Big Guy.

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