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First Line: Cyriack, this three years' day these eyes, though clear
Last Line: Content, though blind, had I no better guide.
Variant Title(s): "sonnet To Cyriack Skinner Upon His Blindness;to Cyriack Skinner (2);to Mr. Cyriack Skinner Upon His Blindness;""cyriack, This Three Years' Day These Eyes, Though Clear"";
Subject(s): Blindness; Consolation; Skinner, Cyriack (1627-1700); Visually Handicapped

Cyriack, this three years' 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 stars, throughout the year,
Or man or woman, yet I argue not
Against Heaven'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 Liberty's defence, my noble task,
Of which all Europe rings from side to side.
This thought might lead me through the world's vain mask,
Content, though blind, had I no better guide.

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