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The Lamb

Lamb \Lamb\, n. [AS. lamb; akin to D. & Dan. lam, G. & Sw. lamm, OS., Goth., & Icel. lamb.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) The young of the sheep.

  2. Any person who is as innocent or gentle as a lamb.

  3. A simple, unsophisticated person; in the cant of the Stock Exchange, one who ignorantly speculates and is victimized.

    Lamb of God, The Lamb (Script.), the Jesus Christ, in allusion to the paschal lamb.

    The twelve apostles of the Lamb.
    --Rev. xxi. 1

  4. Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. --John i. 29. Lamb's lettuce (Bot.), an annual plant with small obovate leaves ( Valerianella olitoria), often used as a salad; corn salad. [Written also lamb lettuce.] Lamb's tongue, a carpenter's plane with a deep narrow bit, for making curved grooves. --Knight. Lamb's wool.

    1. The wool of a lamb.

    2. Ale mixed with the pulp of roasted apples; -- probably from the resemblance of the pulp of roasted apples to lamb's wool. [Obs.]

The Lamb

"The Lamb" is a poem by William Blake, published in Songs of Innocence in 1789.

"The Lamb" is the counterpart poem to Blake's poem: " The Tyger" in Songs of Experience. Blake wrote Songs of Innocence as a contrary to the Songs of Experience – a central tenet in his philosophy and a central theme in his work. Like many of Blake's works, the poem is about Christianity. The lamb is a common metaphor for Jesus Christ, who is also called "The Lamb of God" in John 1:29.

This poem has a simple rhyme scheme : AA BB CC DD AA AA EF GG FE AA. The layout is set up by two stanzas with the refrain: "Little Lamb who made thee/Dost thou know who made thee". In the first stanza, the speaker asks the lamb who his creator is; the answer lies at the end of the poem. Here we find a physical description of the lamb, seen as a pure and gentle creature. In the second stanza, the lamb is compared with the infant Jesus, as well as between the lamb and the speaker's soul. In the last two lines the speaker identifies the creator: God.

Like the other Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, The Lamb was intended to be sung; William Blake's original melody is now lost. It was made into a song by Vaughan Williams, in his 1958 song cycle Ten Blake Songs, although he described it as "that horrible little lamb - a poem that I hate". It was also set to music by Sir John Tavener, who explained, "The Lamb came to me fully grown and was written in an afternoon and dedicated to my nephew Simon for his 3rd birthday." American poet Allen Ginsberg set the poem to music, along with several other of Blake's poems, in the 1970s.

The Lamb (island)

The Lamb, sometimes called Lamb Island or just Lamb, is a small (approx. long x wide), uninhabited island between the islands of Fidra and Craigleith in the Firth of Forth, off the southeast coast of Scotland. The Lamb can be reached by boat from North Berwick, although there are no landing facilities and little to attract visitors when compared to Fidra and the Bass Rock.

The Lamb is flanked by two "sheep dogs" - North and South Dog Islands - which are basically small skerries.

Like the other islands off North Berwick, the Lamb is a result of ancient volcanic activity, millions of years ago.

The Lamb (1918 film)

The Lamb is a 1918 American short comedy film starring Harold Lloyd. It is believed to be lost.

The Lamb (1915 film)

The Lamb is a 1915 American silent adventure comedy/ Western film featuring Douglas Fairbanks in his first starring role. Directed by W. Christy Cabanne, the film is based on the popular 1913 Broadway play The New Henrietta, in which Fairbanks co-starred with William H. Crane, Amelia Bingham and a very young Patricia Collinge. D. W. Griffith, writing under the pseudonym Granville Barker, along with director Christy Cabanne, essentially expanded the play beyond the plush nouveau riche apartment setting of the play, and provided a western element to the story. This would give Fairbanks a chance to show his physical prowess cinematically and loosen the play from what would be stage bound constraints. Griffith also altered characters; Fairbanks' character's name is changed to Gerald, with his parent being his mother ( Kate Toncray), whereas in the play his character was named Nick with his parent being his father played by Crane.

A copy of The Lamb is preserved at the George Eastman House.

The Lamb (2014 film)

The Lamb is a 2014 Turkish-German drama film directed by Kutluğ Ataman. The film had its premiere in the Panorama section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.

The Lamb (Tavener)

The Lamb is a choral work by British composer John Tavener composed in 1982. It is a setting to music of the William Blake poem The Lamb.

Usage examples of "the lamb".

I swung the lamb from my own shoulders and cradled it in my arms like a child as I backed out toward the gate.

Nothing but the flesh of the lamb, of the son, of the only son, will satisfy my hunger!

By the time the lamb fell asleep questions poured forth and Dickon answered them all.

He told them how he had found the lamb just as the sun was rising three mornings ago.

Longinus lives through the blood of the Lamb as we shall live in Paradise through the blood of our blessed martyred brother, who has become one with the Lord Jesus.

And a difference between the Book of Life and the Lamb's Book of Life?