Songs of Experience

by William Blake

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The Sick Rose

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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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It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.