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William Ernest Henley

Gloucester / England
William Ernest Henley
Gloucester / England
Monday, April 12, 2010

A Love By The Sea

Rating: 3.0
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 the sobbing whisper of two souls
That tremble in a passion of farewell.

To the desires that trebled life in me,
(O melancholy of the wind that rolls!)
The dreams that seemed the future to foretell,
The hopes that mounted herward like the sea,
To all the sweet things sent on happy souls,
I cannot choose but bid a mute farewell.

And to the girl who was so much to me
(O lamentation of this wind that rolls!)
Since I may not the life of her compel,
Out of the night, beside the sounding sea,
Full of the love that might have blent our souls,
A sad, a last, a long, supreme farewell.
William Ernest Henley
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Dr Antony Theodore 19 November 2020
To the desires that trebled life in me, (O melancholy of the wind that rolls!) The dreams that seemed the future to foretell, The hopes that mounted herward like the sea, a very good poem.
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Adeeb Alfateh 28 July 2019
The dreams that seemed the future to foretell, The hopes that mounted herward like the sea, To all the sweet things sent on happy souls, beautiful writings great 10++++++++++
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arya.s 26 April 2019
i read invictus in a preparatory book for a competitive exam.that's how i came across the above poem and its poet and of course, Mr.henley is a force to be reckoned for
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arya.s 26 April 2019
i read the poem invictus in the preparatory book given to me for an english competitive exam. that's how i browsed about Mr.henley and found this poem.and i must say i am in awe.
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Lanny Silks 16 November 2018
Here is the answer to my question asked earlier. http: //courses.wcupa.edu/fletcher/henley/orig.htm
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Lanny Silks 15 November 2018
Out of the starless night that covers me put me off my gait. Actually it kind of startled me since this is, minus the word starless, is the opening line of Invictus. I really couldn't give the poem a thoughtful reading with that on my mind, Was this poem written before or after Invictus.
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arya.s 26 April 2019
i think invictus was written before the above poem because invictus was written immediately after the amputation surgery of the poet and related to it at 1888
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Dr Antony Theodore 01 May 2018
Sounds like the sobbing whisper of two souls That tremble in a passion of farewell. we learn from all the old and famous poets who gave us these gifts of poems. tony
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Jensen Bullard 30 November 2017
this poem serving as a source of lament and grief for Henley's deceased daughter is impactful and really resonates with me
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Susan Williams 26 July 2016
The susurration of the sighing sea Sounds like the sobbing whisper of two souls That tremble in a passion of farewell.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Has there ever been a better use of the word susurration? ? ? ? Has there ever been a more beautiful image? ? ? ? Love this classic poet.
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Kim Barney 27 May 2015
Amen to everything John Richter said below. Nobody could have summarized this poem any better than that.
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