Toward which Time leads me, and the will of Heavn;
All is, if I have grace to use it so,
As ever in my great task Masters eye.
Note 1. Written on his birthday Dec. 9, 1631. See Massons Life of Milton, vol. I, p. 289. [back]
Note 2. Perhaps my semblance: an allusion to his youthful appearance in manhood. [back]
Note 3. It shall be still in strictest measure eevn: Miltons assurance of his intention to be a great poet. Here we have a solemn record of self-dedication, without specification of the nature of the performance. (Pattison, Miltons Sonnets, p. 98). [back]