Have Thine own way, Lord

Have Thine own way, Lord. Adelaide Addison Pollard* (1862-1934). This hymn was written in 1902 when Pollard was unhappy and frustrated in her failure to raise funds to enable her to go to Africa as a missionary. Based on Jeremiah 18: 1-6, it was written after a prayer meeting in which Pollard acknowledged her submission to God’s will, using Jeremiah’s description of the clay in the potter’s hand. This is the foundation of stanza 1 (‘Have Thine own way, Lord! have Thine own way!/ Thou art the Potter, I am the clay’) . There have been some alterations in stanza 2 in UMH, where ‘Master’ becomes ‘Savior’ (line 4) and ‘whiter than snow’ becomes ‘wash me just now (line 5). For an interesting...

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