For Passover and Easter – William Blake

Both the Jewish Tradition and the Christian Tradition have celebrations at this time and  lambs figure in both.  It addition to that, farms near me are beginning lambing season. It reminded me of a William Blake Poem, The Lamb.  Thanks to the Poetry Foundation for sourcing the text.  

The Lamb

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Little Lamb who made thee 
         Dost thou know who made thee 
Gave thee life & bid thee feed. 
By the stream & o’er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing wooly bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice,
Making all the vales rejoice! 
         Little Lamb who made thee 
         Dost thou know who made thee 
         Little Lamb I’ll tell thee,
         Little Lamb I’ll tell thee!
He is called by thy name,
For he calls himself a Lamb: 
He is meek & he is mild, 
He became a little child: 
I a child & thou a lamb, 
We are called by his name.
         Little Lamb God bless thee. 
         Little Lamb God bless thee.
Source: The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake, edited by David E. Erdman (Anchor Books, 1988).  Thanks to the Poetry Foundation as well.

 

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