OTHER SYMBOLS AND IMAGES
THE MOST IMPORTANT of the animal symbols is the Lamb. Christ is the Lamb of God, the New Testament fulfillment of the Old Testament Passover victim1 Crashaw uses the word in a nonsymbolic sense to mean a sacrificial animal,2 but he is more concerned with its Christian significance. In the "Hymn for the Blessed Sacrament" he translates closely Aquinas' typological verses:
Lo, the full, finall, SACRIFICE
On which all figures fix't their eyes.
The ransom'd ISACK, & his ramme;
The MANNA, & the PASCHAL Lamb.3
Miss Tuve has pointed out that little Isaac who was to be a sacrificial victim and who carried the wood for his own burnt offering was a type of Christ who was a sacrificial victim and who carried the cross for his own death, and that manna, the heavenly food with which Jehovah fed His children in the desert, was a type of Christ, the heavenly food of the New Covenant.4 Christ is "The LAMB whom his own loue hath slain,"5 to be sure, but he is also the Shepherd of the sheep. The relationships between the shepherds who adore the Babe at His Nativity and the Good Shepherd,6 between their flocks and the Lamb's flocks,____________________