What eight things does the poet want God to clothe in holy robes in "Huswifery"?

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The speaker in “Huswifery” places control of his life in God’s hands. He asks God to take over various parts of his personality and body so that he can live a more fulfilled life in which religion plays a significant role. The poem is an extended metaphor with...

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The speaker in “Huswifery” places control of his life in God’s hands. He asks God to take over various parts of his personality and body so that he can live a more fulfilled life in which religion plays a significant role. The poem is an extended metaphor with God as the spinner of the wheel of life and the speaker as the wheel itself.

The speaker asks God to “cloathe therewith mine Understanding, Will, / Affections, Judgment, Conscience, Memory / My Words and Actions.” Essentially, the speaker is giving himself completely to God in relinquishing control over all of his emotions and decisions. If he does not control his own feelings or wishes, or judge for himself, he cannot make a mistake. If he does not have to worry about his own actions or words, he can be happy knowing that God will steer him in the right direction. He trusts completely in God’s will, meaning that he is ready to accept religion as a governing factor in his life. He can be happy knowing that he is living to glorify his God.

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