To the Same by John Milton
Cyriack, this three yearsâ€™ day these eyes, though clear,
To outward view, of blemish or of spot,
Bereft of light, their seeing have forgot;
Nor to their idle orbs doth sight appear
Of sun, or moon, or star, throughout the year,
Or man, or woman. Yet I argue not
Against Heavenâ€™s hand or will, nor bate a jot
Of heart or hope, but still bear up and steer
Right onward. What supports me, dost thou ask?
The conscience, friend, to have lost them overplied
In libertyâ€™s defence, my noble task,
Of which all Europe rings from side to side.
This thought might lead me through the worldâ€™s vain mask
Content, though blind, had I no better guide.