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O Rose, thou art sick!

Language: English

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

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

Other 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"

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: 34

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Language: Spanish (Español) after the English

¡Oh Rosa, tú estás enferma!
El invisible gusano
Que vuela en la noche,
En la intensa tormenta,

Ha encontrado tu lecho
De júbilo carmesí:
Y su oscuro amor secreto 
Destruye tu vida.

The translator has released this translation into the public domain.


  • Translation from English to Spanish (Español) by Pablo Sabat

Based on
  • a text in English by William Blake (1757 - 1827), "The sick rose", appears in Songs of Innocence and Experience, in Songs of Experience, no. 9, first published 1794 CAT FRE GER GER IRI NYN RUS FRE GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Samuel Hans Adler, George Antheil, Atli Heimir Sveinsson, Gary Bachlund, Maximilian Beckschäfer, Gilbert Biberian, Christopher Hugh Blake, Carey Blyton, William Bolcom, Benjamin Britten, Mervyn Burtch, Geoffrey Bush, Alice Upton Close, John H. Corina, Richard Jackson Cumming, Norman Curtis, Edgar Martin Deale, David Andross Farquhar, Donato D. Fornuto, Ole Carsten Green, Inglis Gundry, David Haines, Fritz Bennicke Hart, Eugene Hartzell, Kenneth Haxton, Paul Hindemith, Sidney Homer, Leslie John Howard, Daniel Jenkyn Jones, Tõnu Kalam, Meyer Kupferman, Dorian Le Gallienne, René Leibowitz, Robert Michael Lombardo, Ruth Margaret Lomon, Judith Reher Martin, Yves Massy, Wilfrid Howard Mellers, Emmanuel Meuwly, David S. Miall, Michael Richard Miller, Tage Nielsen, Michael Nyman, Poul Rovsing Olsen, Nick Peros, Brent Pierce, Daniel Rogers Pinkham, George Rochberg, Ned Rorem, Sven-David Sandström, Theodore P. Saunway, Gerard Schürmann, Leif Segerstam, Charles Shadle, Evelyn Sharpe, David Ferguson Shaw, Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov, Leopold Spinner, Pasquale J. Spino, Christopher Steel, John Austin Sykes, Lester Trimble, Gerard Victory, Carl Paul Vollrath, Felix Werder, Rudolph T. Werther, Raymond Wilding-White, Lawrence Willingham, Richard Willis, Dr., Philip Gordon Winsor. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2013-05-26.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:12
Line count: 8
Word count: 32