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What does the speaker have in common with the lamb and the lamb's creator?

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jacksoqh | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 14, 2011 at 2:18 AM via web

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What does the speaker have in common with the lamb and the lamb's creator?

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kc4u | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted June 14, 2011 at 2:57 AM (Answer #1)

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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.

These lines from William Blake's poem, The Lamb contain the answer to your question. The speaker who addresses the lamb in the poem is a child, a human child, endowed with the gift of language, whereas the addresse, a lamb, is a non-human child, a dumb child. In these lines the speaker explores in his simple language of childhood innocence how the creator of the lamb who is also the creator of the child is both a child and a lamb. Christ Himself was referred to as "the Lamb of God", and the creator was born in the form of a human child: the babe in the manger. The creator is "meek" and "mild", and the speaker does have these features of "meekness" and 'mildness" in common with the lamb and its creator.

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