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Overheard . . . Theology Amongst the Pots

By Vickilane
Overheard . . . Theology Amongst the Pots
. . . Once more within the Potter's house alone I stood, Surrounded by the Shapes of Clay. Shapes of all Sorts and Sizes, great and small. That stood along the floor and by the wall; And some loquacious Vessels were; and some Listen'd perhaps, but never talked at all. Said one among them -- "Surely not in vain My substance of the common Earth was ta'en And to the Figure molded, to be broke, Or trampled back to shapeless Earth again."
Overheard . . . Theology Amongst the Pots
Then said a Second -- "Ne'er a peevish Boy Would break the Bowl from which he drank in joy; And He that with his hand the Vessel made Will surely not in after Wrath destroy." After a momentary silence spake Some Vessel of a more ungainly Make; "They sneer at me for leaning all awry: What! did the hand then of the Potter shake?"
Overheard . . . Theology Amongst the Pots
Whereat some one of the more loquacious Lot -- I think a Sufi pipkin -- waxing hot -- "All this of Pot and Potter -- Tell me then, Who is the Potter, pray, and who the Pot?" "Why," said another, "Some there are who tell Of one who threatens he will toss to Hell The luckless Pots he marr'd in making -- Pish! He's a Good Fellow, and 'twill all be well." from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam  by Edward Fitzgerald.   My mother had a copy, left over from her college days in the Thirties. I devoured it in the Fifties when I was in high school, memorizing great swathes with which I annoyed people.  I still find myself doing it now and then. More about Fitzgerald and The Rubaiyat HERE.
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