Friday, December 15, 2006

Friday Poetry: Edward Taylor

Those who know me or have been reading for a while know that my spirituality doesn't come in personnified form. This poem is still amazing.

Edward Taylor

Make me, O Lord, Thy spinning wheel complete.
Thy holy word my distaff make for me.
Make mine affections Thy swift flyers neat
And make my soul Thy holy spoole to be.
My conversation make to be Thy reel
And reel the yarn thereon spun of Thy wheel.

Make me Thy loom then, knit therein this twine:
And make Thy holy spirit, Lord, wind quills:
Then weave the web Thyself. The yarn is fine.
Thine ordinances make my fulling mills.
Then dye the same in heavenly colors choice.
All pinked with varnished flowers of paradise.

Then clothe therewith mine understanding, will,
Affections, judgment, conscience, memory
My words, and actions, that their shine may fill
My ways with glory and Thee glorify.
Then mine apparel shall display before Ye
That I am clothed in holy robes for glory.


At 11:29 PM, Blogger Tracy Blackstone said...

When I was in high school we sang this, to music by (I think) Randall Thompson. It was exquisitely beautiful, and I still remember it after all these years. It's nice to see it again!

At 11:44 PM, Blogger Tracy Blackstone said...

It wasn't Randall Thompson who set it to music; it was Richard K. Winslow. And it is still glorious.


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