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William Blake (1757-1827)

The Lamb

              1      Little Lamb, who made thee?
              2      Dost thou know who made thee?
              3Gave thee life, and bid thee feed
              4By the stream and o'er the mead;
              5Gave thee clothing of delight,
              6Softest clothing, woolly, bright;
              7Gave thee such a tender voice,
              8Making all the vales rejoice?
              9      Little Lamb, who made thee?
            10      Dost thou know who made thee?

            11      Little Lamb, I'll tell thee,
            12      Little Lamb, I'll tell thee:
            13He is called by thy name,
            14For he calls himself a Lamb.
            15He is meek, and he is mild;
            16He became a little child.
            17I a child, and thou a lamb.
            18We are called by his name.
            19      Little Lamb, God bless thee!
            20      Little Lamb, God bless thee!

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: William Blake, Songs of Innocence (1789). Blake's Illuminated Books, ed. David Bindman (Princeton, NJ: William Blake Trust; London: Tate Gallery, 1991-). See Vol. 2. PR 4142 B46 1991 ROBA.
First publication date: 1789
RPO poem editor: Northrop Frye
RP edition: 3RP 2.278.
Recent editing: 4:2002/3/14

Rhyme: aabbccddee

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