When I Consider How My Light Is Spent
John Milton, 1608 - 1674
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 To serve therewith my Maker, and present My true account, lest He returning chide; “Doth God exact day-labor, 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.”
(This poem is in the public domain.) I woke this morning with it running through my mind, only I was saying "how my life is spent". As Wordsworth said, "I'm laying waste my powers", that is, what powers I have or used to have.
We go on, we go on...