William Ernest Henley

(1849 - 1902 / Gloucester / England)

William Ernest Henley Poems

1. With Strawberries We Filled A Tray 12/16/2014
2. Since Those We Love And Those We Hate 2/18/2015
3. Tree, Old Tree Of The Triple Crook 4/12/2010
4. From A Window In Princes Street 4/12/2010
5. Prologue 4/12/2010
6. Scrubber 4/12/2010
7. The Ways Are Green 4/12/2010
8. While The West Is Paling 4/12/2010
9. To Me At My Fifth-Floor Window 4/12/2010
10. We Flash Across The Level 4/12/2010
11. Staff Nurse: New Style 4/12/2010
12. London Types: 'Liza 4/12/2010
13. The Full Sea Rolls And Thunders 4/12/2010
14. London Types: Sandwich-Man 4/12/2010
15. Enter Patient 4/12/2010
16. Visitor 4/12/2010
17. London Types: The Artist Muses At His Ease 4/12/2010
18. The Wan Sun Westers, Faint And Slow 4/12/2010
19. Staff Nurse:Old Style 4/12/2010
20. In Fisherrow 4/12/2010
21. Fresh From His Fastnesses 4/12/2010
22. The Chief 4/12/2010
23. London Types: Mounted Police 4/12/2010
24. Not To The Staring Day 4/12/2010
25. Orientale 4/12/2010
26. From The Break The Nightingale 4/12/2010
27. House-Surgeon 4/12/2010
28. Villanelle 4/12/2010
29. Where Forlorn Sunsets Flare And Fade 4/12/2010
30. When The Wind Storms By With A Shout 4/12/2010
31. On The Way To Kew 4/12/2010
32. London Types: Hawker 4/12/2010
33. Music 4/12/2010
34. Space And Dread And The Dark 4/12/2010
35. Easy Is The Triolet 4/12/2010
36. Etching 4/12/2010
37. Gull In An Aery Morrice 4/12/2010
38. Discharged 4/12/2010
39. Pastoral 4/12/2010
40. You Played And Sang A Snatch Of Song 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

If I Were King

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 tear,
For dream and deed should war no more together.

Art should aspire, yet ugliness be dear;
Beauty, the shaft, should speed with wit for feather;
And love, sweet love, should never fall to sere,

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