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John Milton was born on this date in 1608.

He composed his masterpieces after he lost his vision at age 43. Seven years after going blind (1667), he began dictating the 12 books of Paradise Lost, which took 5 years to complete.

Mural depicting Touch and another of the Five Senses, by Robert Reid (USA Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, DC).

Of your senses, which do you most fear losing, and why?

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