The Sick Rose

Original Text: 
William Blake, Songs of Experience (1794). Blake's Illuminated Books, ed. David Bindman (Princeton, NJ: William Blake Trust; London: Tate Gallery, 1991-). See Vol. 2. PR 4142 B46 1991 ROBA.
1O Rose, thou art sick!
2The invisible worm
3That flies in the night,
4In the howling storm,
5Has found out thy bed
6Of crimson joy:
7And his dark secret love
8Does thy life destroy.
Publication Start Year: 
1794
RPO poem Editors: 
Northrop Frye
RPO Edition: 
3RP 2.285.
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