The Lamb

By William Blake 1757–1827 William Blake
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)

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Poet William Blake 1757–1827

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Subjects Christianity, Philosophy, Relationships, Arts & Sciences, Youth, Living, Pets, Religion

Holidays Easter

Poetic Terms Consonance, Refrain, Couplet

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In his Life of William Blake (1863) Alexander Gilchrist warned his readers that Blake "neither wrote nor drew for the many, hardly for work'y-day men at all, rather for children and angels; himself 'a divine child,' whose playthings were sun, moon, and stars, the heavens and the earth." Yet Blake himself believed that his writings were of national importance and that they could be understood by a majority of men. Far from being . . .

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SUBJECT Christianity, Philosophy, Relationships, Arts & Sciences, Youth, Living, Pets, Religion

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Poetic Terms Consonance, Refrain, Couplet

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