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Thursday, March 29, 2018

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

A Few Poems About Sheep

The Shepherd
by William Blake

How sweet is the Shepherd's sweet lot!


From the morn to the evening he strays;


He shall follow his sheep all the day,
And his tongue shall be filled with praise.


For he hears the lamb's innocent call,


And he hears the ewe's tender reply;


He is watchful, while they are in peace,


For they know when their Shepherd is nigh.

Baa Baa, Black Sheep (Anonymous)

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir,
Three bags full;


One for the master,
And one for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

March Comes In Like a Lion


and Out Like a Lamb

      
The end.


Wishing you a Happy Easter Week

(A quick note to reader Carolyn who wanted to know where to get the carrots used in the basket project in the last post. I found a bunch of 3 for $2.99 (and then 40% off) at Hobby Lobby, but if that's not convenient, Michael's or JoAnn's probably have them. I saw them today at Pier One for $4.99 -- same thing -- minus 20%)

40 comments:

Pam Richardson said...

Jeanie, what beautiful photos. For the most part, sheep aren’t raised in the South! A lovely poem, The Shepherd! Wishing you a joy-filled Easter weekend with family!

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful post! The verses take me back to my childhood, and I always love sheep. Thanks so much for sharing. Hugs, Valerie

My name is Erika. said...

These are great photos. All the little lambs are such a wonderful sign of spring. We have finally gotten some lamb weather, and hopefully it will last. I am being positive. Enjoyed your post today Jeanie. Hugs-Erika

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Wonderful pictures, Jeanie! Were they taken locally? -Jenn

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

teeehee....I love "THE END."

Such beauty in the examples nature and wisdom through literature; I can't help but weep to think that we are referred to as sheep and that the Master is the kind and gentle provider who will lead us to peace. Happy Easter dearest Jeanie!

Jean R. said...

I used to study William Blake but I never saw this poem. I love the little lambs photos. I've never been around any but they don't look mean or scary, do they.

Rita C. said...

What a terrific post! Happy Easter to you and your family, Jeanie!

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Gorgeous photos, Jeanie. Have a wonderful Easter.

eileeninmd said...

Happy Easter Jeanie. I love the sweet lamb photos. The little ones are adorable. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

La Table De Nana said...

Happy easter Jeanie..I love lambs..I bet you painted some..

PS I wish we had a Hobby Lobby;)

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Oh my you have made my day! What a sweet and lovely post. The book of Psalms is just about my favorite in the Bible. Like to end the day with a chapter.

Susie said...

What cute babies. I love seeing newborn animals. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

shoreacres said...

And there's another wonderful Blake poem that begins:

"Little Lamb who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee?
Gave thee life & bid thee feed.
By the stream & 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?"

The photos are wonderful, and a fine way to mark Easter. I hope your weekend is wonderful!

Joanne Huffman said...

A great posting for this week!

Pam Jackson said...

Love how you ended that post with all the rears looking at us! HAHA....We have done somewhat of a easy move to spring other than a couple of storms but my area has been okay if we could convince Mother Nature to stop going from warm to cold and cold to warm. And lay off the RAIN! Oh my gosh....I really don't mind it so much unless I am heading to the barn. It is a hot mess and really muddy out there. Plus the horses love rolling in it.

David Gascoigne said...

They are the epitome of domestic bliss - and they give us everything from wool to lamb chops!

William Kendall said...

One of those sheep seem to be rolling their eyes!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Wishing you a wonderful Easter!

The French Hutch said...

Beautiful photos of the little lambs and sheep. Poems we’ve all loved since a young age. Thank you Jeanie.. Hope you are enjoying a wonderful Holy Week........

Marilyn Miller said...

How lovely to visit the sheep with you today. They are special animals. Your poems and words were fun to ready interspersed with picture of sweet faces and butts, ha! Happy Easter to you!

Kitty said...

A delightful post for Easter. Hope yours is very special. Love to all of you.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Sweet! Jeanie, I love your photos. Reminds me of when the shepherds brought their sheep through where I lived as a child.

Carolyn Marnon said...

Loved The Shepherd. Such a fitting poem for this week. I also would like to know if you took the sheep photos.

Thanks for the heads up on carrots. I am so blessed to have Michael's, Hobby Lobby and JoAnn all nearby. My Friday nights are usually spent with Wally, Michael and JoAnn!

Lynne said...

I enjoyed this Jeanie . . .
Verses and photos . . .
Wonderful!

BeachGypsy said...

That was really neat and I think I love the little black one most of all! I think my Mom had sheep and goats for pets when she was a little girl. Hope your week has a been a real nice one and what do y'all have planned for Easter this Sunday?

Ricki Treleaven said...

I love this post so much! I love it when people use lambs as decor around Easter because obviously it's the perfect symbol. The little black sheep is so cute! These photos are great!

Happy Easter!
xo,
RJ

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

My keyboard isn't working properly. Hope you are having a wonderful day. I love the lambs Happy Easter, too.

BB said...

Happy Easter, Jeanie!

roughterrain crane said...

Sheep are enjoying the spring sunshine.
Happy Easter.

Polly said...

A beautiful post Jeanie. Wishing you a very Happy Easter x

Sally Wessely said...

Loved this. My two favorite animals are: the lion and the lamb.

I remember working on a final exam over Spring Break years ago when I was working on my degree in English. One of the questions required an analysis of a work by an author we had studied in World Lit. As I recall, I wrote about The Tyger by Blake. I’d forgotten all about doing that final exam until I saw this post by you. That one question where I did an analysis of Blake’s work took at least 18 hours. I got an “A” on the test, and was told by my professor she’d never seen anyone do a better job on analyzing the poem. I just remember that Spring Break was spent working, working, working on a take-home exam. I need to go and dig out that work. I’m sure I have it somewhere.

There was a day when I did scholarly work. I am not that person anymore.

Thank you for reminding me of William Blake.

Arti said...

Thanks for this lovely post, Jeanie. "For they know when their Shepherd is nigh." Indeed, reminds me of the verse: "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them..." Have a blessed Easter, my friend!

Pom Pom said...

Oh, I love sheep for lots of reasons! One because we're the Good Shepherd's sheep and two because of wool and yarn and sweaters! Have a lovely Easter!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I love this post! So sweet and perfect as we celebrate our shepherd this weekend. Happy Easter!

Julia - Vintage with Laces said...

Even though we are close to town, our area is rural and we see sheep almost every day. They are so cute!
Happy Easter to you and your family, Jeanie!

David Gascoigne said...

I hope this is not too curmudgeonly but it always strikes me a little ironic that we have this obsession with lambs and their cuteness, and their association with gentleness and religion, yet we have not the slightest qualms about eating lamb chops!

Carola Bartz said...

Wonderful images!!! We certainly had a March that came in like a lion and left like a lamb.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

My aunt and uncle raised sheep when I was young so these photos bring back memories of my childhood as I spent a lot of time at their farm!

March came in like a lamb and out like a lion for us. We got snow on 3/31 and will get more tonight (I’m writing this in the early hours of Monday while pumping!).

Wandering Wren said...

Happy Easter Monday from South Korea Jeanie! Your lambs are gorgeous, it is quite Spring like in Seoul and hope it is too with you!Wren x

Zaa said...

Super post .. I do love seeing the lambs..They’ve always been a fav with me... and the rhyme took me back to a time when my children were little ... Thanks for jogging memory and flooding it with JOY ...BIG HUGS

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