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Little Lamb, who made thee?

Language: English

Little Lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee?
Gave thee life, and [bid]1 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?
Dost 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!

Translation(s): CAT FIN GER GER RUS

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W. De Pue sets stanza 1

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1 MacNutt, Somervell: "bade"

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "L'anyell", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Thomas Schubert) , "Das Lamm", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) [singable] (Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov) , "Агнец", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Language: Russian (Русский) after the English

    Агнец, агнец Божий!
    Расскажи мне, кто же
Жизнь вручил тебе и кров
Возле речек и лугов,
Кто от холода укрыл,
Тёплой шёрсткой одарил,
И вознаградил, любя,
Нежным голосом тебя?
    Кто же, мой пригожий,
    Сделал это, кто же?

    Слушай, агнец Божий:
    Это Агнец тоже!
Имени вы одного.
Агнец – так зовут его.
Полон света, доброты,
Тих и кроток, как и ты.
В мир пришёл он как дитя.
Агнцы мы – и ты, и я!
    Будь блажен, пригожий
    Агнец, агнец Божий!

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  • a text in English by William Blake (1757 - 1827), "The lamb", appears in Songs of Innocence and Experience, in Songs of Innocence, no. 4, first published 1789 CAT GER GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): James R. Adler, Samuel Hans Adler, Orsmond Anderton, Violet Balestreri Archer, Mark Armanini, Ronald Kent Arnatt, Condit Robert Atkinson, Ernst Bacon, Melinda Bargreen, Leslie R. Bassett, Phillip Thomas Bezanson, Judith Bingham, Gordon Ware Binkerd, William Bolcom, Rutland Boughton, Carl Byron Bowman, May Hanna Brahe, Grace Bell Branning, Havergal Brian, Lee Hastings Bristol, Jeffrey Brody, Harry Brook, Charles Samuel Brown, Philip Austin Browne, John Callis Brydson, Mark Leopold Bucci, Walter Joseph Buczynski, Ernest Bullock, Sir, Gladys Blakely Bush, Frank Charles Butcher, Elliot Button, Vincent Henry Palmer Caillard, Sir, Noble Cain, Mary Elizabeth Caldwell, Paul Carr, George Whitefield Chadwick, Theodore Ward Chanler, John Chorbajian, Frederik Melius Christiansen, Olaf Christian Christiansen, Israel Citkowitz, Alice Upton Close, Gladys M. Cohen, as Guirne Javal, James Austin Collignon, Anthony Vincent Benedictus Collins, Grace Wilbur Conant, Elizabeth Penn Sprague Coolidge , Leslie Crabtree, Beverly M. Craveiro, John Charlton Crawford, Norman Curtis, James D'Angelo, Noel George Da Costa, Harold Edwin Darke, Marjorie Davies, Walford Davies, Sir, Katherine Kennicott Davis, William Mac Davis, Newell Dayley, Wallace Earl De Pue, Alison Clare Demarest, John Hopkins Densmore, Robert Nathaniel Dett, John Henry Diercks, Celius Dougherty, Dorothy Carter Drennan, Thomas Frederick Dunhill, James William Elliott, Osian Gwynn Ellis, Wesley Ellis, A. Lehman Engel, Leonard Enns, Arthur Farwell, Nicolas Flagello, Donato D. Fornuto, Leland Elting Forsblad, Johan Franco, John Frandsen, Marcel Gustave Frank, Leonard L. Furnivall, Earl Robert George, H. Graham Godfrey, Clare Goodhall, Julian Goodwin, Ole Carsten Green, Randi R. Gronninsater, Ruth M. Grow, Virginia D. Hamer, Fritz Bennicke Hart, Walter Sinclair Hartley, Christian Victor Hely-Hutchinson, George Henschel, Gary Michael Higginson, Vincent Higginson, Lee Hoiby, Joseph Charles Holbrooke, Amy Elise Horrocks, Leslie John Howard, Brian Hughes, Chester Edward Ide, Gordon Percival Septimus Jacob, Michael Jacques, Bryony Jagger, D. Cyril Jenkins, David Hugh Jones, George Herbert Jones, Perry Otis Jones, William Bradwen Jones, Alice Jordan, Paul Kapp, Don Kay, Horace Keats, Iain Philip Kendell, John Brodbin Kennedy, Eunice Lea Kettering, Theron Kirk, Julie Knowles, Richard Bamford Lane, David Lantz, III, André Laporte, Earl Roland Larson, Christopher Kaye Le Fleming, Sven Lekberg, Timothy Lenk, Kerry Glenn Lewis, Merrills Lewis, Samuel Liddle, David Lidov, Joan Littlejohn, Kathy Jean Loh, Harvey Worthington Loomis, Samuel Ernest Lovatt, Maude Haben Luck, James Lyon, Walter Louis MacNutt, Charles T. Maclary, Robert Mann, William James Mathias, Louise Matthews, James Charles McCollum, James Joseph McCray, John McLeod, John Mitchell, Raymond Earle Mitchell, Undine Smith Moore, William Thomas Moore, Jr., Oskar Morawetz, Hilda Morgan, Walter Byron Mourant, Homer C. Nearing, Fred C. Nelson, Ken Neufeld, Samuel J. Newns, Paul Nordoff, Carl E. Nosse, Elizabeth Oldenburg, Robin Orr, Morfydd Owen, Gen Louis Parchman, Mary Flournoy Passailaigue, Edward A. Pedrette, Malcolm Cameron Peyton, Lloyd Alvin Pfautsch, Solomon Pimsleur, Daniel Rogers Pinkham, Harold Paul Pottenger, Laurence Powell, Charles Proctor, Daniel Protheroe, Olive Pullen, Stanley A. Purdy, Juliet Raphael, Mark Raphael, Charles Wesley Rasely, Ellen Raskin, John M. Rasley, Geraldine Dorothy Rasmussen, Robert Clarence Raybould, Gardner Read, Barbara Reynolds , Raymond Rhea, Alice Richman, John Anthony Ritchie, Mervyn Roberts, Lilian Robinson, Richard Roderick-Jones, James Rodger, Joseph Roff, Landon Ronald, Sir, Ned Rorem, Orvis Ross, Alec Rowley, Thomas Schubert, Abraham Abe Schwadron, Tom Scott, Cecil Sharman, Geoffrey Turton Shaw, Clifford Shaw, Elie Siegmeister, Frederick Silver, Lucy Simon, Louise Eichhorn Simons, David Sisco, David Smart, Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov, Gregg Smith, Russell Smith, Charles N. Smith, Gordon Hunt Smith, William Marion Smith, Johannes Somary, Arthur Somervell, Sir, Eva Ruth Spalding, Ronald Stevenson, Dorothy Wauchope Stewart, Mark A. Stupp, John Austin Sykes, Jenö Takacs, John Kenneth Tavener, Jean Taylor, Archibald F. Tester, Charlotte C. Thomas, David Evan Thomas, Robert W. Thygerson, Ernst Toch, Joan Trimble, Danny Tuck, Ralph Vaughan Williams, George Vause, Douglas Edward Wagner, Rudolph T. Werther, John Ebenezer West, Robert Paul Wetzler, Paul William Whear, John David White, Maude Valérie White, Shirley Ellen Whitecotton, Patrick Williams, Harry Robert Wilson, Charles Wood, Dale Wood, Joseph Robert Wood, William Brocklesby Wordsworth, Amy Worth, Ruth Shaw Wylie, Dalhousie James Young, John B. Younger. Go to the text.


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