Songs of Innocence/The Lamb

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The Lamb is a poem by William Blake, published in Songs of Innocence in 1789. Like many of Blake's works, the poem is about religion, specificially about Christianity. "We are called by his name" implies that God is present in each one of us. The lamb in the poem is meant to represent Jesus as a gentle, peaceful man. Excerpted from Songs of Innocence on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Blake's plate of The Lamb

     Little Lamb who made thee?
     Dost thou know who made thee?
Gave thee life and bid thee feed
By the stream and 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 and he is mild,
He became a little child:
I a child and thou a lamb,
We are called by his name:
     Little Lamb God bless thee.
     Little Lamb God bless thee.[1]

This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.

  1. Blake, William (1757–1827). Johnson, Mary Lynn, and Grant, John Ernest, ed. Blake’s Poetry and Designs: Authoritative texts, Illuminations in Color and Monochrome, Related Prose, Criticism. W. W. Norton Company, Inc., 1979. pp. 21-22. ISBN 0393044874.