by William Blake (1757 - 1827)
Translation © by Walter A. Aue

Tyger Tyger, burning bright
Language: English 
Available translation(s): CAT FRE GER RUS
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?

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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

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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

Der Tiger
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Tiger, Tiger, Feuerspracht
in der Dschungeln dunkler Nacht:
Welches Aug', welch ew'ge Hand
formten Deines Schreckens Brand?

In welch' Himmeln ungeheuer
schmolzen Deiner Augen Feuer?
Auf welch' Flügeln, unbenannt,
flog der, der ergriff den Brand?

Welcher Schulter Können wand
Deines Herzens Sehnenstrang?
Wer, als Herzens Schlag begann,
furchtbar Hand und Fuß ersann?

Welche Kett' und Hammer fand
in welch' Kessel den Verstand?
Welcher Amboß, welche Welt
Deine Todesschrecken hält?

Als der Sterne Speer herab
Tränen unserm Himmel gab:
Hat vollbracht er's und gelacht,
sowohl Lamm wie Dich gemacht?

Tiger, Tiger, Feuerspracht
in den Dschungeln dunkler Nacht:
Welches Auge, welche Hand
wagten Deines Schreckens Brand?


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Text added to the website: 2006-04-20 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:18
Line count: 24
Word count: 104