by William Blake (1757 - 1827)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

O Rose, thou art sick!
Language: English 
Available translation(s): CAT FRE GER GER IRI NYN RUS SPA
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:

  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Jacques-Louis Monod ; composed by René Leibowitz.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by W. Wilhelm ; composed by Michael Thiele.

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"


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 34

Die kranke Rose
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Ach Rose, du krankst -
der verborgene Wurm,
der auszieht des Nachts
im Geheul des Sturms,

hat entdeckt dein Bett,
die Knospe rot:
was er Dunkles dir tut,
bringt dir Leid und Tod.

Authorship:

  • Translation from English to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2011 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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This text was added to the website: 2011-02-05
Line count: 8
Word count: 33