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William Blake (1757-1827)

The Sick Rose


              1O Rose, thou art sick!
              2The invisible worm
              3That flies in the night,
              4In the howling storm,

              5Has found out thy bed
              6Of crimson joy:
              7And his dark secret love
              8Does thy life destroy.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: William Blake, Songs of Experience (1794). Blake's Illuminated Books, ed. David Bindman (Princeton, NJ: William Blake Trust; London: Tate Gallery, 1991-). See Vol. 2. PR 4142 B46 1991 ROBA.
First publication date: 1794
RPO poem editor: Northrop Frye
RP edition: 3RP 2.285.
Recent editing: 4:2002/3/14

Rhyme: abcb


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