E're 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 5
My true account, least he returning chide,
Doth God exact day-labour, light deny'd,
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 10
Bear his milde yoak, they serve him best, his State
Is Kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed
And post o're Land and Ocean without rest:
They also serve who only stand and waite.
This famous sonnet is very personal and is built around one of the tragedies of Milton's life:his signt began to fail in about 1644,and he was completely blind by 1655,at the age of 47.Metrically,the rhyming scheme is ABBA divided into 2 quatrains and 2 tercets,broken down by the use of enjambement.This Milton sonnet is an italian sonnet because is more argomentative.He show us how he is different with this problem,believing also that God had given him the talent for writing.The question is pubblic:there is a God's will that must be accept.The first quatrain is a continuation of speak with God.