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Huswifery

Make me, O Lord, thy Spinning Wheele compleat;
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 Varnish't 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.

1685?

 

Title: housekeeping, home economy. The conceit here compares the functioning and use of the spinning wheel and the cultivation of the soul through worship and faith.
l. 2: Distaff; part of the spinning wheel that hold the raw wool
l. 3: Flyers; control the speed at which the wheel spins
l. 4: Spoole; twists the yarn
l. 5: Reele; collects the finished thread
l. 8: winde quills; to function like a spool, or bobbin
l. 10: Fulling Mills; where the cloth is cleansed with fuller's soap
l. 12: pinkt (pinked); adorned, decorated Varnish't (varnished); shiny, glossy
l. 13: cloath; clothe
l. 17: apparell; clothes