Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Poetry on TV: The Untouchables, 'The St. Louis Story', 28 January 1960.



"They also serve who only stand and wait."

Eliot Ness (Robert Stack) gives Agent Cam Allison (Anthony George) a refresher in Milton in The Untouchables, 'The St. Louis Story', 28 January 1960, written by Joseph Petracca, directed by Howard W. Koch.

"On His Blindness", John Milton, c1655:

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."

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