Huswifery

By Edward Taylor 1642–1729 Edward Taylor
Make me, O Lord, thy Spining Wheele compleate.
       Thy Holy Worde my Distaff make for mee.
Make mine Affections thy Swift Flyers neate
       And make my Soule thy holy Spoole to bee.
       My Conversation make to be thy Reele
       And reele the yarn thereon spun of thy Wheele.

Make me thy Loome then, knit therein this Twine:
       And make thy Holy Spirit, Lord, winde quills:
Then weave the Web thyselfe. The yarn is fine.
       Thine Ordinances make my Fulling Mills.
       Then dy the same in Heavenly Colours Choice,
       All pinkt with Varnisht Flowers of Paradise.

Then cloath therewith mine Understanding, Will,
       Affections, Judgment, Conscience, Memory
My Words, and Actions, that their shine may fill
       My wayes with glory and thee glorify.
       Then mine apparell shall display before yee
       That I am Cloathd in Holy robes for glory.

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Poet Edward Taylor 1642–1729

SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

Subjects Religion, Home Life, Relationships, Christianity

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Edward Taylor was an American Puritan poet and minister of the Congregational church at Westfield, Massachusetts for over fifty years. Considered one of the more significant poets to appear in America in the 17th and 18th centuries, his fame is the result of two works, the Preparatory Meditations ... (written 1682-1725) and Gods Determinations touching his Elect ... (written 1682?). But he also wrote many other poems during his . . .

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SUBJECT Religion, Home Life, Relationships, Christianity

SCHOOL / PERIOD 17th Century

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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