July 6, 2009

On His Blindness

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Milton is Monday's inspiration!
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--Description: 17th C, Milton J., Christianity, Perseverance

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
Lodg'd with me useless, though my soul more bent
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
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."

John Milton

--Did You Know: (9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674) Milton was an English poet, author, polemicist and civil servant for the Commonwealth of England. He is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost and for his treatise condemning censorship, Areopagitica. He was both an accomplished, scholarly man of letters and polemical writer, and an official serving under Oliver Cromwell. His views may be described as broadly Protestant.

--Word of the Day: vagary\VAY-guh-ree; vuh-GER-ee\, noun:
An extravagant, erratic, or unpredictable notion, action, or occurrence.
(eg) Her words are a dreadful reminder that much of life's consequences are resultant of vagary and caprice, dictated by the tragedy of the ill-considered action, the irrevocable misstep, the irrevocable moment in which a terrible wrong can seem the only right.
-Rosemary Mahoney, "Acts of Mercy?", New York Times, September 13, 1998
(eg) Weather is one of the vagaries of blue-water racing, ruling the sport like a malicious jester.
-Martin Dugard, Knockdown

--Quote of the Day: Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
-Harriet Tubman,

--Spanish Word of the Day: antiguo, verb:
old; antique; former
(eg) Este reloj es muy antiguo.
(transl) This clock is very old.
(eg) el antiguo propietario
(transl) the former owner

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