Online Poetry Anthology

“The Lamb” by William Blake

Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience by William Blake (1901) | William Blake (1757–1827)

"The Lamb" by Blake

Little lamb, who made thee?
Does 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, woolly, bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice,
Making all the vales rejoice?
Little lamb, who made thee?
Does thou know who made thee?

Little lamb, I’ll tell thee;
Little lamb, I’ll tell thee:
He is callèd 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 callèd by His name.
Little lamb, God bless thee!
Little lamb, God bless thee!

Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience by William Blake (1901) | William Blake (1757–1827)


Online Poetry Anthology

Suggestions
  • Read the poem aloud with younger children.
  • Identify the lines that rhyme.
  • In the first stanza, list the things the lamb was given.
  • Who in the second stanza is compared to the lamb?
  • Have your children memorize this poem. We recommend copying the poem two lines at a time to aid the memorization process.
  • Illustrate the poem on Drawing & Writing paper.
  • After the poem has been memorized, have your child recite the poem.
  • Create an author page for Blake.
  • View a portrait of William Blake.

 

Further Information

John 1:29

Passover
Information from Smith’s Bible Dictionary that explains the Passover and the sacrificial lamb for older students.

Matthew Henry’s Commentary Verses 29–36
Looking at the Lamb of God and the comparison in the second stanza.

Sheep Industry Fast Facts Sheets
Lots of information on things sheep provide us.

 

Activities

Kid’s Crafts: Cotton Wool Lamb
One way to make a fluffy lamb.

Animal Study
Interactive at ReadWriteThink to record what you learn about sheep.

Little Lamb Cookies
From Martha Stewart. (Or use small mini-marshmallows, icing and chocolate chips to decorate cut-out or animal cookie sheep.)

 

Books

The Sheep
From The Scripture Alphabet of Animals by Mr. Harriet N. Cook.

 

Unit Studies & Lesson Plans

Free Nature Studies: Sheep and Their Shepherds
Lots of information on sheep from our free nature studies!

 

Printables & Notebooking Pages

Drawing & Writing Notebooking Paper {Free Download}
For copying the poem.

Author Notebooking Paper
Create an author page for William Blake.