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Quote #4

I a child & thou a lamb,
We are called by his name. (lines 17-18)

This might be the most complicated line in this straightforward poem. Here, people are like lambs being led by the "shepherd" Jesus, and lambs are like children of God, since they are part of His creation. And Jesus is both a child – the Son of God – and a sacrificial lamb. In this sense, the lamb and the child share Christ's "name."

Quote #5

Little Lamb God bless thee
Little Lamb God bless thee (lines 19-20)

The poem ends on a quiet note, as the child concludes his religious lesson with a blessing. What is the effect of repeating this blessing twice?

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