Presumably he had to slaughter it. Why else would you have a man in the middle of the night staring down a lamb? He even felt guilty and had to lie to his grand - daughter. What could he possibly be feeling guilty about that would require him to lie?
The poem was weird in how it had a very indirect way of telling us such. I suppose euphemisms are at play here.
I said that I thought the grand father was running away from his family and he felt guilty when he saw the young lamb as it reminded him of his daughter catching him out. I just thought he was running away because he was out at twilight, which is just after the sun goes down, during June (which would be fairly late) . My answer was messy at the start lol so I skipped it and came back and idkkkk
I said that he felt guilty coz he prob slaughtered the lambs mum and he felt like he was caught out lying by his grand daughter coz he knew the lamb knew he killed his mam by the way he was looking at him
The lamb poem was about a farmer who was loading his spring lambs to be slaughtered and he made a connection with this lamb. The farmer felt by the way this lambs eyes peered up at him that the lamb knew his fate and the farmer felt guilty. The reaction was surprising as the farmer would have done this many times before and shouldn't feel so connected to this lambs but he did. He felt so bad just like if his granddaugher catches him out lying as clearly there is a deep bond there with his grandchild so this lamb has tugged on his heart strings .