< content="sight loss"> More light! A story of sight loss.

— More light! A story of sight loss. —

Photograph of Brian and his grandson heading off for an adventure.


It has been said that the last words of the German poet, Goethe, as he was dying were "More light!" in the sense of "Someone open the shutters and let in more light."

While these words are suitable as the title of the documentary below, the words of John Milton are more suitable to the subject because Milton was blind by 44 and composed a sonnet about it.

Sonnet 19: When I consider how my light is spent

John Milton

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-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."

The documentary

The documentary "More light! A story of sight loss" is coming soon.


Written and edited from Ireland by retired writer/journalist, Brian Rothery.

See his philosophical website here.

See "Last act", his website before his sight loss.

Contact email ed-inquisition@live.ie

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