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Tyger Tyger, burning bright

Language: English

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,  
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?  

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?  
On what wings dare he aspire?  
What the hand, dare sieze the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?  

What the hammer? what the chain,  
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!  

When the stars threw down their spears  
And water'd heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:  
What immortal hand or eye,  
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

Translation(s): CAT FRE GER GER RUS

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El tigre", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le tigre", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Walter A. Aue) , "Der Tiger", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Thomas Schubert) , "Der Tiger", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) [singable] (Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov) , "Тигр", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:21

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Word count: 143

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Der Tiger

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Tiger! Tiger! Hell entbrannt
in den Urwäldern der Nacht,
welch unsterblich' Hand oder Auge
konnte deine furchtbare Symmetrie formen?

In was für fernen Tiefen oder Höhen
ist das Feuer deiner Augen entbrannt?
Was für Flügel konnten ihn beschwingen,
welche Hand es wagen, das Feuer zu bändigen?

Und wessen Schulter und Kunstfertigkeit
vermochte die Sehnen deines Herzens zu winden?
Und als dein Herz zu schlagen begann,
Welch furchterregende Glieder?

Wessen Hammer? Welche Kette?
In welcher Feueresse wurde dein Hirn gegossen?
Welcher Amboß? Und welch gewaltiger Griff
konnte seinen tödlichen Schrecken erfassen.

Als Sterne ihre Strahlen herabschleuderten
und ihren Tränen auf die Erde ergossen,
hat er lächelnd seines Werkes gedacht,
hat er, der das Lamm schuf, auch dich erschaffen?

Tiger! Tiger! Hell entbrannt
in der Urwäldern der Nacht,
welch unsterblich' Hand oder Auge
brachte deine furchtbare Symmetrie zustande?

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Submitted by Maria Nimmerfall


Based on
  • a text in English by William Blake (1757 - 1827), "The tyger", appears in Songs of Innocence and Experience, in Songs of Experience, no. 12, first published 1794 CAT FRE RUS
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): James R. Adler, Samuel Hans Adler, George Antheil, Athanasios Aronis, Granville Ransome Bantock, Sir, Melinda Bargreen, Ronald A. Beckett, Tamara Bliss, William Bolcom, Rutland Boughton, Hayg Boyadjian, Benjamin Britten, Mark Leopold Bucci, Geoffrey Bush, Fred Candelaria, Howard Carr, Rebecca Clarke, David Howell Cope, Norman Curtis, Katherine Kennicott Davis, Nigel St. John Davison, Dorothy Carter Drennan, Eric Ewazen, David Andross Farquhar, Arthur Farwell, Finnur Torfi Stefánsson, Sebastian Forbes, Donato D. Fornuto, Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, Julian Goodwin, Alan Gray, Ole Carsten Green, Olivier Greif, Inglis Gundry, Gary Michael Higginson, Clarence S. Hill, Theodore Hoffman, Mervyn, Lord Horder, the Second Baron of Ashford, Trevor Alan Jones, Christine Jurasek, Sergius Kagen, Kenneth Leighton, Timothy Lenk, Elizabeth Maconchy, William James Mathias, John Mitchell, John Mizelle, John Glenesk Mortimer, Louis Wayne Pape, Solomon Pimsleur, E. T. Potter, Stanley A. Purdy, Geraldine Dorothy Rasmussen, Louisa Raymond, Reginald Chauncey Robbins, Sarah L. Rodgers, Joseph Roff, Sven-David Sandström, Hilda May Sarson, Thomas Schubert, Elie Siegmeister, Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov, Max Sofsky, Øistein Sommerfeldt, Alphonse Stallaert, Christopher Steel, Byron Franklin Stone, Jr., John Austin Sykes, John Kenneth Tavener, Albert Tepper, Virgil Garnett Thomson, Greta Tomlins, Gerard Victory, John David White, Ernst Widmer, Philip George Wilkinson, Joseph Robert Wood, Maurice Lawton Wostenholm. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2010-11-05 00:00:00.

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