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|Description||Did the Hand then of the Potter shake|
|Source||Omar Khayyam, tr. Edward Fitzgerald: “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam” (1905, 1912) |
|Author||Adelaide Hanscom and Blanche Cumming (fl. 1902 - 1924).
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A boy or young man kneels, wearing only a loin-cloth: he is bare-chested and barefoot. He is a potter, holding a cup.
- “Listen again. One Evening at the Close
- Of Ramazan, ere the better Moon arose,
- In that old Potter’s Shop I stood alone
- With the clay Population round in Rows.
- And, strange to tell, among that Earthen Lot
- Some could articulate, while others not:
- And suddenly one more impatient cried—
- “Who *is* the Potter, pray, and who the Pot?”
- Then said another—“Surely not in vain
- “My Substance from the common Earth was ta’en,
- “That He who subtly wrought me into Shape
- “Should stamp me back to common Earth again.”
- Another said—“Why, ne’er a peevish Boy,
- “Would break the Bowl from which he drank in Joy;
- “Shall He that *made* the Vessel in pure Love
- “And Fancy, in an after Rage destroy!”
- None answer’d this; but after Silence spake
- A Vessel of a more ungainly Make:
- “They sneer at me for learning all awry;
- “What! did the Hand then of the Potter shake?”
- Said one—“Folk of a surly Tapster tell
- “And daub his Visage with the Smoke of Hell;
- “They talk of some strict Testing of us—Pish!
- “He’s a Good Fellow, and ’t will all be well.”
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