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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
 
Lo! As the Potter Mouldeth
By Elsie Davis
 
LO! as the potter mouldeth plastic clay
To forms his varying fancy doth display;
So in Thy hand, O God of love, are we:
Thy bond regard, let sin be veil’d from Thee.
 
Lo! as the mason’s hand the block doth hew        5
To shapes sublime, or into fragments strew;
So in Thy hand, O God of life, are we:
Thy bond regard, let sin be veil’d from Thee.
 
Lo! as the smith the rigid steel hath bent,
Soften’d with fire and wrought with strength unspent;        10
So in Thy hand, O God of might, are we:
Thy bond regard, let sin be veil’d from Thee.
 
Lo! as the seaman’s hand doth cast or weigh
The pond’rous anchor in the foaming spray;
So in Thy hand, O God of pardon, we:        15
Thy bond regard, let sin be veil’d from Thee.
 
Lo! as the worker melteth vitreous flow,
And shapeth vessels from the crystal blow;
So in Thy hand, O God of grace, are we:
Thy bond regard, let sin be veil’d from Thee.        20
 
Lo! as th’ embroid’rer’s hand the robe hath made,
At will in lines of beauty, light and shade;
So in Thy hand, O God of fear, are we:
Thy bond regard, let sin be veil’d from Thee.
 
Lo! as the smelter fuseth silv’ry vein,        25
Removing dross, that naught impure remain;
So in Thy hand, O God of healing, we:
Thy bond regard, let sin be veil’d from Thee.
 
Lo! as the potter mouldeth plastic clay
To forms his varying fancy doth display;        30
So in Thy hand, O God of love, are we:
Thy bond regard, let sin be veil’d from Thee.
 
 
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