"a talent which is death to hide"。
"I have a talent, to hide which means death to me"
《马太福音》第25节的第14～30句，是一个非常著名的故事。主人出门，给了三个仆人三笔钱。甲和乙都去做买卖了，都赚了。丙把那笔钱埋在地里。主人回家后，见到甲和乙赚钱，非常高兴，给了他们更多的钱。见了丙没有赚钱，非常生气，夺过他所有的钱，并把他关在门外的黑暗里。这也就是弥尔顿所说的"a talent which is death to hide"的意思，显然弥尔顿在这里用了双关，talent既指才能，又指上帝的赐予。
25:14 For it is as when a man, about to take a journey, got his servants together, and gave them his property.
25:15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to everyone as he was able; and he went on his journey.
25:16 Straight away he who had been given the five talents went and did trade with them, and made five more.
25:17 In the same way he who had been given the two got two more.
25:18 But he who was given the one went away and put it in a hole in the earth, and kept his lord's money in a secret place.
25:19 Now after a long time the lord of those servants comes, and makes up his account with them.
25:20 And he who had the five talents came with his other five talents, saying, Lord, you gave into my care five talents: see, I have got five more.
25:21 His lord said to him, Well done, good and true servant: you have been true in a small thing, I will give you control over great things: take your part in the joy of your lord.
25:22 And he who had the two talents came and said, Lord, you gave into my care two talents: see, I have got two more.
25:23 His lord said to him, Well done, good and true servant: you have been true in a small thing, I will give you control over great things: take your part in the joy of your lord.
25:24 And he who had had the one talent came and said, Lord, I had knowledge that you are a hard man, getting in grain where you have not put seed, and making profits for which you have done no work:
25:25 And I was in fear, and went away, and put your talent in the earth: here is what is yours.
25:26 But his lord in answer said to him, You are a bad and unready servant; if you had knowledge that I get in grain where I did not put seed, and make profits for which I have done no work,
25:27 Why, then, did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I would have got back what is mine with interest?
25:28 Take away, then, his talent and give it to him who has the ten talents.
25:29 For to everyone who has will be given, and he will have more: but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
25:30 And put out the servant who is of no profit into the outer dark: there will be weeping and cries of sorrow.