William Ernest Henley
A Love By The Sea by William Ernest Henley

A Love By The Sea by William Ernest Henley

Out of the starless night that covers me, (O tribulation of the wind that rolls!) Black as the cloud of some tremendous spell, The susurration of the sighing sea Sounds like ...

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Ballade Of Dead Actors by William Ernest Henley

Ballade Of Dead Actors by William Ernest Henley

Where are the passions they essayed,And where the tears they made to flow?Where the wild humours they portrayedFor laughing worlds to see and know?Othello's wrath and Juliet's ...

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Kate-A-Whimsies, John-A-Dream by William Ernest Henley

Kate-A-Whimsies, John-A-Dream by William Ernest Henley

Kate-a-Whimsies, John-a-DreamStill debating, still delay,And the world’s a ghost that gleams –Wavers – vanishes away!We must live while live we can;We should love while love we ...

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Let Us Be Drunk by William Ernest Henley

Let Us Be Drunk by William Ernest Henley

Let us be drunk, and for a while forget,Forget, and, ceasing even from regret,Live without reason and despite of rhyme,As in a dream preposterous and sublime,Where place and hour ...

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The Rain And The Wind by William Ernest Henley

The Rain And The Wind by William Ernest Henley

The rain and the wind, the wind and the rain --They are with us like a disease:They worry the heart, they work the brain,As they shoulder and clutch at the shrieking pane,And ...

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England, My England by William Ernest Henley

England, My England by William Ernest Henley

WHAT have I done for you, England, my England? What is there I would not do, England, my own? With your glorious eyes austere, As the Lord were walking near, Whispering ...

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O Gather Me The Rose by William Ernest Henley

O Gather Me The Rose by William Ernest Henley

O gather me the rose, the rose, While yet in flower we find it, For summer smiles, but summer goes, And winter waits behind it.For with the dream foregone, foregone, The deed ...

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I Am The Reaper by William Ernest Henley

I Am The Reaper by William Ernest Henley

I am the Reaper. All things with heedful hook Silent I gather. Pale roses touched with the spring, Tall corn in summer, Fruits rich with autumn, and frail winter ...

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There’s A Regret by William Ernest Henley

There’s A Regret by William Ernest Henley

There's a regretSo grinding, so immitigably sad,Remorse thereby feels tolerant, even glad. ...Do you not know it yet?For deeds undoneRnakle and snarl and hunger for their due,Till ...

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Between The Dusk Of A Summer Night by William Ernest Henley

Between The Dusk Of A Summer Night by William Ernest Henley

Between the dusk of a summer night And the dawn of a summer day, We caught at a mood as it passed in flight, And we bade it stoop and stay. And what with the dawn of night ...

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It Came With The Threat Of A Waning Moon by William Ernest Henley

It Came With The Threat Of A Waning Moon by William Ernest Henley

It came with the threat of a waning moonAnd the wail of an ebbing tide,But many a woman has lived for less,And many a man has died;For life upon life took hold and passed,Strong ...

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A Late Lark Twitters From The Quiet Skies by William Ernest Henley

A Late Lark Twitters From The Quiet Skies by William Ernest Henley

the quiet skies:And from the west,Where the sun, his day's work ended,Lingers as in content,There falls on the old, gray cityAn influence luminous and serene,A shining peace.The ...

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If I Were King by William Ernest Henley

If I Were King by William Ernest Henley

If I were king, my pipe should be premier. The skies of time and chance are seldom clear, We would inform them all with bland blue weather. Delight alone would need to shed a ...

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A Child by William Ernest Henley

A Child by William Ernest Henley

A child,Curious and innocent,Slips from his Nurse, and rejoicingLoses himself in the Fair.Thro' the jostle and dinWandering, he revels,Dreaming, desiring, possessing;Till, of a ...

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Life Is Bitter by William Ernest Henley

Life Is Bitter by William Ernest Henley

Life is bitter. All the faces of the years,Young and old, are gray with travail and with tears.Must we only wake to toil, to tire, to weep?In the sun, among the leaves, upon the ...

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Croquis by William Ernest Henley

Croquis by William Ernest Henley

The beach was crowded. Pausing now and then,He groped and fiddled doggedly along,His worn face glaring on the thoughtless throngThe stony peevishness of sightless men.He seemed ...

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A New Song To An Old Tune by William Ernest Henley

A New Song To An Old Tune by William Ernest Henley

SONS of Shannon, Tamar, Trent,Men of the Lothians, Men of Kent,Essex, Wessex, shore and shire,Mates of the net, the mine, the fire,Lads of the wheel and desk and loom,Noble and ...

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Ave, Caesar! by William Ernest Henley

Ave, Caesar! by William Ernest Henley

From the winter's grey despair,From the summer's golden languor,Death, the lover of Life,Frees us for ever.Inevitable, silent, unseen,Everywhere always,Shadow by night and as ...

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Apparition by William Ernest Henley

Apparition by William Ernest Henley

Thin-legged, thin-chested, slight unspeakably,Neat-footed and weak-fingered: in his face -Lean, large-boned, curved of beak, and touched with race,Bold-lipped, rich-tinted, ...

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London Voluntaries Iv: Out Of The Poisonous East by William Ernest Henley

London Voluntaries Iv: Out Of The Poisonous East by William Ernest Henley

Out of the poisonous East, Over a continent of blight, Like a maleficent Influence released From the most squalid cellerage of hell, The Wind-Fiend, the abominable-- The ...

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A Dainty Thing’s The Villanelle by William Ernest Henley

A Dainty Thing’s The Villanelle by William Ernest Henley

A DAINTY thing's the Villanelle,Sly, musical, a jewel in rhyme,It serves its purpose passing well.A double-clappered silver bellThat must be made to clink in chime,A dainty ...

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If It Should Come To Be by William Ernest Henley

If It Should Come To Be by William Ernest Henley

If it should come to be,This proof of you and me,This type and signOf hours that smiled and shone,And yet seemed dead and goneAs old-world wine:Of Them Within the GateAsk we no ...

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Madam Life’s A Piece In Bloom by William Ernest Henley

Madam Life’s A Piece In Bloom by William Ernest Henley

Madam Life's a piece in bloomDeath goes dogging everywhere:She's the tenant of the room,He's the ruffian on the stair.You shall see her as a friend,You shall bilk him once or ...

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A Thanksgiving by William Ernest Henley

A Thanksgiving by William Ernest Henley

From brief delights that rise to meOut of unfathomable dole,I thank whatever gods there beFor mine unconquerable soul.In the strong clutch of CircumstanceIt has not winced, nor ...

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As Like The Woman As You Can by William Ernest Henley

As Like The Woman As You Can by William Ernest Henley

'As like the Woman as you can' -(Thus the New Adam was beguiled) -'So shall you touch the Perfect Man' -(God in the Garden heard and smiled).'Your father perished with his day:'A ...

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Double Ballade On The Nothingness Of Things by William Ernest Henley

Double Ballade On The Nothingness Of Things by William Ernest Henley

The big teetotum twirls, And epochs wax and wane As chance subsides or swirls; But of the loss and gain The sum is always plain. Read on the mighty pall, The weed of funeral That ...

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I. M. R. T. Hamilton Bruce (1846-1899) by William Ernest Henley

I. M. R. T. Hamilton Bruce (1846-1899) by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have ...

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A Desolate Shore by William Ernest Henley

A Desolate Shore by William Ernest Henley

A desolate shore,The sinister seduction of the Moon,The menace of the irreclaimable Sea.Flaunting, tawdry and grim,From cloud to cloud along her beat,Leering her battered and ...

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Villon’s Straight Tip To All Cross Coves by William Ernest Henley

Villon’s Straight Tip To All Cross Coves by William Ernest Henley

"Tout aux tavernes et aux filles." Suppose you screeve? or go cheap-jack? Or fake the broads? or fig a nag? Or thimble-rig? or knap a yack? Or pitch a snide? or smash a ...

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Margaritae Sorori by William Ernest Henley

Margaritae Sorori by William Ernest Henley

A LATE lark twitters from the quiet skies: And from the west, Where the sun, his day's work ended, Lingers as in content, There falls on the old, gray city An influence luminous ...

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In The Year That’s Come And Gone by William Ernest Henley

In The Year That’s Come And Gone by William Ernest Henley

In the year that's come and gone, love, his flying featherStooping slowly, gave us heart, and bade us walk together.In the year that's coming on, though many a troth be broken,We ...

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A Wink From Hesper by William Ernest Henley

A Wink From Hesper by William Ernest Henley

A wink from Hesper, fallingFast in the wintry sky,Comes through the even blue,Dear, like a word from you…Is it good-bye?Across the miles between us I send you sigh for ...

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Allegro Maestoso by William Ernest Henley

Allegro Maestoso by William Ernest Henley

Spring winds that blowAs over leagues of myrtle-blooms and may;Bevies of spring clouds trooping slow,Like matrons heavy bosomed and aglowWith the mild and placid pride of ...

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I Gave My Heart To A Woman by William Ernest Henley

I Gave My Heart To A Woman by William Ernest Henley

I gave my heart to a woman –I gave it her, branch and root.She bruised, she wrung, she tortured,She cast it under foot.Under her feet she cast it,She trampled it where it fell,She ...

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After by William Ernest Henley

After by William Ernest Henley

Like as a flamelet blanketed in smoke,So through the anaesthetic shows my life;So flashes and so fades my thought, at strifeWith the strong stupor that I heave and chokeAnd sicken ...

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Double Ballad Of Life And Death by William Ernest Henley

Double Ballad Of Life And Death by William Ernest Henley

Fools may pine, and sots may swill,Cynics gibe, and prophets rail,Moralists may scourge and drill,Preachers prose, and fainthearts quail.Let them whine, or threat, or wail!Till ...

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Thick Is The Darkness by William Ernest Henley

Thick Is The Darkness by William Ernest Henley

Thick is the darkness -Sunward, O, sunward!Rough is the highway -Onward, still onward!Dawn harbours surelyEast of the shadows.Facing us somewhereSpread the sweet meadows.Upward ...

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Operation by William Ernest Henley

Operation by William Ernest Henley

You are carried in a basket,Like a carcase from the shambles,To the theatre, a cockpitWhere they stretch you on a table.Then they bid you close your eyelids,And they mask you with ...

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Over The Hills And Far Away by William Ernest Henley

Over The Hills And Far Away by William Ernest Henley

Where forlorn sunsets flare and fadeOn desolate sea and lonely sand, Out of the silence and the shadeWhat is the voice of strange command Calling you still, as friend calls ...

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Friends…. Old Friends…… by William Ernest Henley

Friends…. Old Friends…… by William Ernest Henley

Friends… old friends…One sees how it ends.A woman looksOr a man lies,And the pleasant brooksAnd the quiet skies,Ruined with brawlingAnd caterwauling,Enchant no moreAs they did ...

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When You Are Old by William Ernest Henley

When You Are Old by William Ernest Henley

When you are old, and I am passed away –Passed, and your face, your golden face is gray –I think, what’er the end, this dream of mine,Comforting you, a friendly star will ...

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Anterotics by William Ernest Henley

Anterotics by William Ernest Henley

Laughs the happy April mornThro' my grimy, little window,And a shaft of sunshine pushesThro' the shadows in the square.Dogs are tracing thro' the grass,Crows are cawing round the ...

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We Shall Surely Die by William Ernest Henley

We Shall Surely Die by William Ernest Henley

We shall surely die:Must we needs grow old?Grow old and cold,And we know not why?O, the By-and-By,And the tale that’s told!We shall surely die:Must we needs grow old?Grow old and ...

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Last Post by William Ernest Henley

Last Post by William Ernest Henley

THE day's high work is over and done,And these no more will need the sun:Blow, you bugles of England, blow!These are gone where all must go,Mightily gone from the field they ...

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What Is To Come by William Ernest Henley

What Is To Come by William Ernest Henley

What is to come we know not. But we knowThat what has been was good--was good to show,Better to hide, and best of all to bear.We are the masters of the days that were:We have ...

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Arabian Night’s Entertainments by William Ernest Henley

Arabian Night’s Entertainments by William Ernest Henley

Once on a timeThere was a little boy: a master-mageBy virtue of a BookOf magic--O, so magical it filledHis life with visionary pompsProcessional! And PowersPassed with him where ...

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Ballade Of Midsummer Days And Nights by William Ernest Henley

Ballade Of Midsummer Days And Nights by William Ernest Henley

With a ripple of leaves and a tinkle of streamsThe full world rolls in a rhythm of praise,And the winds are one with the clouds and beams -Midsummer days! Midsummer days!The dusk ...

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Praise The Generous Gods by William Ernest Henley

Praise The Generous Gods by William Ernest Henley

Praise the generous gods for givingIn a world of wrath and strife,With a little time for living,Unto all the joy of life.At whatever source we drink it,Art or life or faith or ...

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Bring Her Again, O Western Wind by William Ernest Henley

Bring Her Again, O Western Wind by William Ernest Henley

Bring her again, O western wind,Over the western sea!Gentle and good and fair and kind,Bring her again to me!Not that her fancy holds me dear,Not that a hope may be:Only that I ...

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Ballade Of A Toyokuni Colour-Print by William Ernest Henley

Ballade Of A Toyokuni Colour-Print by William Ernest Henley

Was I a Samurai renowned,Two-sworded, fierce, immense of bow?A histrion angular and profound?A priest? a porter?--Child, althoughI have forgotten clean, I knowThat in the shade of ...

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