Sheep and Lambs

Sheep and Lambs by Katharine Tynan is a very popular poem in Ireland. It tells the story of a woman watching a sheep and it’s lamb on a Spring day.

Ireland’s 100 favourite poems

Sheep and Lambs was voted inside Ireland’s 100 favourite poems by readers of the Irish Times in 1999.

Sheep and Lambs by Katharine Tynan. Image copyright Ireland Calling

Sheep and Lambs

All in the April morning,
April airs were abroad;
The sheep with their little lambs
Pass’d me by on the road.

The sheep with their little lambs
Pass’d me by on the road;
All in an April evening
I thought on the Lamb of God.

The lambs were weary, and crying
With a weak human cry,
I thought on the Lamb of God
Going meekly to die.

Up in the blue, blue mountains
Dewy pastures are sweet:
Rest for the little bodies,
Rest for the little feet.

Rest for the Lamb of God
Up on the hill-top green,
Only a cross of shame
Two stark crosses between.

All in the April evening,
April airs were abroad;
I saw the sheep with their lambs,
And thought on the Lamb of God.

Sheep and Lambs by Katharine Tynan. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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