“Little Lamb” and “Tyger Tyger” by William Blake.

 
The following are two poems by William Blake known as “Little Lamb” and “Tyger Tyger”. Each presents profound truths about God’s nature.

Little lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee,
Gave thee life, and bade thee feed
By the stream and o’er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing, wooly, 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 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 thee a Lamb,
We are called by His Name.
Little lamb, God bless thee!
Little lamb, God bless thee!
 
. . .
 
Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
 
In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?
 
And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?
 
What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!
 
When the stars threw down their spears
And water’d heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?
 
Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
 
. . .

The contrast with “The Lamb” is obvious. (“Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee?” The answer is God, who became incarnate as Jesus the Lamb.) “The Tyger” asks, “Did he who made the Lamb make thee?” And the answer is, “Yes, God made the Tyger too.”

In the first poem, Blake shows that the same God who made you became like you and is able to sympathize with the weaknesses that we all share. In the second poem Blake shows that the same God who made the little lamb also made the tiger; though not without a final retribution. These are a beautiful metaphorical representation of God’s nature of love and justice.

Sources:

Little Lamb – http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/l/i/littlela.htm

Tyger Tyger – http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/172943

Interpretation – http://www.pathguy.com/tyger.htm

The Glass of Living Water (A Poem).

 

The pessimist notices a glass half empty.
The optimist sees that glass half full.
The realist asks what’s in it.
The skeptic doubts it’s there.
The activist drinks it.
The enthusiast has a reason.
Jesus says, “You’re welcome.”

“If you knew the Gift of God and Who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water … Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:10 & 13-14)

“Money Will Buy” (Poem).


 
Money will buy:
A bed but not sleep;
Books but not common sense;
Food but not an appetite;
A house but not a home;
Medicine but not health;
A crucifix but not a Savior.
-Anonymous

Source:

Dayton, Howard (2009-01-01). Your Money Map: A Proven 7-Step Guide to True Financial Freedom (Kindle Locations 3192-3195). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.