by William Blake
The Lamb Man and the Natural World Quotes
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Little Lamb who made thee (line 1)
During the 18th and 19th centuries, the development of science led many philosophers to look for a "design" in the universe. From this perspective, people come to know God by knowing his creation, instead of the other way around.
Gave thee life & bid thee feed.
By the stream & o'er the mead; (lines 3-4)
Like a kid with a wind-up toy, God gave creatures the means to live and then set them loose to roam around, eating to their heart's content. But the innocent perspective doesn't mention the chaotic, amoral, dog-eat-dog character of nature.