William Ernest Henley

(1849 - 1902 / Gloucester / England)

Let Us Be Drunk - Poem 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 and means for once are met.

Where is the use of effort? Love and debt
And disappointment have us in a net.
Let us break out, and taste the morning prime . . .
Let us be drunk.

In vain our little hour we strut and fret,
And mouth our wretched parts as for a bet:
We cannot please the tragicaster Time.
To gain the crystal sphere, the silver dime,
Where Sympathy sits dimpling on us yet,
Let us be drunk!


Comments about Let Us Be Drunk by William Ernest Henley

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (10/2/2017 12:53:00 PM)


    Love and debt
    And disappointment have us in a net.
    Let us break out, and taste the morning prime
    Wow.. what a lovely poem.
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  • Ayesha Cullen (7/27/2017 5:09:00 AM)


    Let us be drunk into the abyss! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 12, 2010



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