To what is God compared in the poem "Huswifery"?

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sciftw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Edward Taylor's poem "Huswifery" compares God's gift of salvation with the act of making cloth.  I suppose that means that God is being compared to a cloth maker.  The comparison involves all parts of making cloth though.  The poem highlights the use of spinning wheels, working a loom, and performing the seamstress's task of making the actual article of clothing.  

What I think is most important about the comparison is that it shows God's process of salvation as active.  The poem is not a deistic approach to God.  The poem highlights how God works in a person to bring him/her from being basic, rough material to a beautiful finished product.  A person goes from being rough cotton, to a beautiful garment that reflects God's glory to all people.  

"Then mine apparell shall display before yee
       That I am Cloathd in Holy robes for glory."