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Lament

Word count: 174

Cantata by Pasquale J. Spino (b. 1942)

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1. Excerpts from the Holy Bible - Book of Job

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2. Psalm 9

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3. O Rose, thou art sick [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Translation(s): CAT FRE FRE GER GER GER IRI NYN RUS SPA

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "La rosa malalta", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Jean-Pierre Granger) , "La rose malade", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Walter A. Aue) , "Die erkrankte Rose", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Die kranke Rose", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NYN Norwegian (Nynorsk) (Are Frode Søholt) , "Elegi", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) [singable] (Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov) , "Больная роза", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Pablo Sabat) , "Elegía"


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

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


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4. A memorable fancy [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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As I was walking among the fires of Hell, delighted with the
enjoyments of Genius, which to Angels look like torment and
insanity, I collected some of their Proverbs; thinking that as the
sayings used in a nation mark its character, so the Proverbs of Hell
show the nature of Infernal wisdom better than any description of
buildings or garments.

When I came home, on the abyss of the five senses, where a flat-sided
steep frowns over the present world, I saw a mighty Devil, folded in
black clouds, hovering on the sides of the rock: with corroding fires
he wrote the following sentence now perceived by the minds of men, and
read by them on earth: --
        How do you know but ev'ry Bird that cuts the airy way,
        Is an immense World of Delight, clos'd by your senses five?


Confirmed with Blake, William. The Poetical Works of William Blake, ed. by John Sampson. London, New York: Oxford University Press, 1908; Bartleby.com, 2011. http://www.bartleby.com/235/253.html


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5. A Poem by Peter Davis for Arthur Krauss, whose daughter was slain at Kent State university by the Ohio State National Guard

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