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Since the Director set in order the elements of nature
For what cause does he again disperse them into loss & deficiency
If they are good, why should he break them
And if they are bad he surely prefers them spoilt (thus).

 

Chr 85

Since the Lord Himself has mixed the ingredients of
human nature, why did He afterwards subject them to decay and ruin?
If the result was good, why then break it up? and if these
creatures proved failures, who is to blame in the matter?

F4 88

"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."

HA 88a

Since the Director set in order the elements of natures,
For what cause does He again disperse them into loss and deficiency?
If they are good, why should He break them?
And if they turn out bad, well, why is there any blame to these forms?

P 103

Since God it was that made and shaped this mortal frame,
Why did He give it prey to misery and shame?
If what He made is good, why break His handiwork?
And if it turn out ill, who but Himself's to blame?

Th 173

Since God did set in order Nature's frame.
Why should He cast it down in scorn and shame?
If good, how comes it He doth break His work?
And if not good, why are these shapes to blame?

Wh 126

The Master did himself these vessels frame,
Why should he cast them out to scorn and shame?
If he has made them well, why should he break them?
Yea, though he marred them, they are not to blame.

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