No Country for Blind Miltons
Blind, impoverished, and jobless, when the poem was ready for publication, Milton sold it for 10 pounds.
I’m not sure how many people know of Milton today, but most know him for his Paradise Lost. I will, though, remember him to the end of my days for these lines I read in childhood:
Doth God exact day-labour, light deny’d?
They also serve who only stand and waite!
For the entire poem, read through:
It’s been over three-and-a-half centuries since Milton pondered over the issues of labour, responsibility, duty, disability, diversity, judgment and grace and yet these issues still plague us; lay people, and not just autocratic governments, being quick to label anything that they cannot understand as venomous.
This inspired your author to write the titular poem — but more on that in good time :)
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