William Ernest Henley

(1849 - 1902 / Gloucester / England)

William Ernest Henley Poems

1. Since Those We Love And Those We Hate 2/18/2015
2. With Strawberries We Filled A Tray 12/16/2014
3. Tree, Old Tree Of The Triple Crook 4/12/2010
4. From A Window In Princes Street 4/12/2010
5. London Types: The Artist Muses At His Ease 4/12/2010
6. London Types:Life-Guardsman 4/12/2010
7. Prologue 4/12/2010
8. Scrubber 4/12/2010
9. The Ways Are Green 4/12/2010
10. To Me At My Fifth-Floor Window 4/12/2010
11. We Flash Across The Level 4/12/2010
12. While The West Is Paling 4/12/2010
13. Staff Nurse: New Style 4/12/2010
14. London Types: Sandwich-Man 4/12/2010
15. Enter Patient 4/12/2010
16. Visitor 4/12/2010
17. The Wan Sun Westers, Faint And Slow 4/12/2010
18. The Chief 4/12/2010
19. London Types: Mounted Police 4/12/2010
20. Fresh From His Fastnesses 4/12/2010
21. Orientale 4/12/2010
22. Where Forlorn Sunsets Flare And Fade 4/12/2010
23. Staff Nurse:Old Style 4/12/2010
24. In Fisherrow 4/12/2010
25. When The Wind Storms By With A Shout 4/12/2010
26. London Types: 'Liza 4/12/2010
27. Easy Is The Triolet 4/12/2010
28. Discharged 4/12/2010
29. Gull In An Aery Morrice 4/12/2010
30. Etching 4/12/2010
31. Not To The Staring Day 4/12/2010
32. You Played And Sang A Snatch Of Song 4/12/2010
33. Trees And The Menace Of Night 4/12/2010
34. Vigil 4/12/2010
35. London Types: Beef-Eater 4/12/2010
36. House-Surgeon 4/12/2010
37. Clinical 4/12/2010
38. Villanelle 4/12/2010
39. On The Way To Kew 4/12/2010
40. Music 4/12/2010
Best Poem of 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 not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Read the full of Invictus


The beach was crowded. Pausing now and then,
He groped and fiddled doggedly along,
His worn face glaring on the thoughtless throng
The stony peevishness of sightless men.
He seemed scarce older than his clothes. Again,
Grotesquing thinly many an old sweet song,
So cracked his fiddle, his hand so frail and wrong,
You hardly could distinguish one in ten.
He stopped at last, and sat him on the sand,

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