The sick rose (1st draft)

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For works with similar titles, see The Sick Rose.

From Notebook, p. 107, reversed. First draft of the poem The Sick Rose in Songs of Experience.

1543476Notebook 31. The sick rose (1st draft)William Blake
Notebook 31 - The sick rose

The sick rose

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;
[O, dark secret love
Doth life destroy. del.]
And [his del.] her dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.


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