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Katharine Hinkson (1861-1931)

Sheep and Lambs


              1All in the April evening,
              2     April airs were abroad,
              3The sheep with their little lambs
              4     Passed me by on the road.

              5The sheep with their little lambs
              6     Passed me by on the road;
              7All in the April evening
              8     I thought on the Lamb of God.

              9The lambs were weary, and crying
            10     With a weak, human cry.
            11I thought on the Lamb of God
            12     Going meekly to die.

            13Up in the blue, blue mountains
            14     Dewy pastures are sweet
            15Rest for the little bodies,
            16     Rest for the little feet

            17But for the Lamb of God,
            18     Up on the hill-top green,
            19Only a Cross of shame
            20     Two stark crosses between.

            21All in the April evening,
            22     April airs were abroad,
            23I saw the sheep with their lambs,
            24     And thought on the Lamb of God.


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: Katharine Tynan, Ballads and Lyrics (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1891): 6-7. del T962 B35 1891 Fisher Rare Book Library
First publication date: 1891
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2002
Recent editing: 1:2002/12/30

Form: quatrains
Rhyme: abcb


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