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THE CONTRAST TO WATTS' HYMN 'THE POTTER AND THE CLAT', by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Behold the potter and the clay
Last Line: And shew what he, in christ, has done.
Subject(s): Good; Love; Pottery And Potters; Watts, Isaac (1674-1748)

BEHOLD the Potter and the Clay,—
He forms his vessels to his mind;
So did Creating Love display
Itself, in forming human kind.

Th' Almighty Workman's pow'r and skill
Could have no vile but noble ends;
His one immutable good-will
To all, that he hath made, extends.

This Gracious Sov'reign Lord on high,
By his eternal word and voice,
Chose all to live and none to die,
Nor will he ever change his choice.

Not by his will, but by their own,
Vile rebels break his righteous laws;
And make the terror to be known,
Of which they are themselves the cause.

His all-electing love employs
All means the human race to bless,
That mortals may his heav'nly joys,
By re-electing Him, possess.

Shall man reply that "God decreed
"Fall'n Adam's race not to be blest?"
That "for a few his SON should bleed,
"And Satan should have all the rest?"

Do thou, poor sinful soul of mine,
By faith and penitence, embrace
Of doubtless, boundless Love Divine,
The free, the universal grace.

Let God, within thy pliant soul,
Renew the image of his Son,
The likeness marr'd will then be whole,
And shew what he, in Christ, has done.

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