William Ernest Henley

(1849 - 1902 / Gloucester / England)

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

It came with the threat of a waning moon
And 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 in a fate set free,
Out of the deep into the dark
On for the years to be.

Between the gloom of a waning moon
And the song of an ebbing tide,
Chance upon chance of love and death
Took wing for the world so wide.
O, leaf out of leaf is the way of the land,
Wave out of wave of the sea
And who shall reckon what lives may live
In the life that we bade to be?


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

  • Ruta Mohapatra (7/22/2018 1:57:00 PM)


    What beautiful rhyming, what profound philosophy! Unquestionably a master! (Report) Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (10/2/2017 12:41:00 PM)


    A poem so brilliantly written. (Report) Reply

  • Ayesha Cullen (7/27/2017 4:50:00 AM)


    This is pure brilliance! (Report) Reply

  • (2/22/2016 7:10:00 AM)


    ............a wonderful poem, I love this....this speaks to me of a passion ★ (Report) Reply

  • Leslie Sharp (8/23/2014 8:23:00 AM)


    This poem was short but gave a clear view that not everyone believes the christian faith and just like the christian, they died for their faith. A faith centuries old. How can one say there is nothing to this faith! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 12, 2010



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