William Ernest Henley

(1849 - 1902 / Gloucester / England)

The Ways Of Death Are Soothing And Serene - Poem by William Ernest Henley

The ways of Death are soothing and serene,
And all the words of Death are grave and sweet.
From camp and church, the fireside and the street,
She beckons forth – and strife and song have been.

A summer night descending cool and green
And dark on daytime’s dust and stress and heat,
The ways of death are soothing and serene,
And all the words of Death are grave and sweet.

O, glad and sorrowful, with triumphant mien
And radiant faces, look upon and greet
This last of all your lovers, and to meet
The kiss, the Comforter’s, your spirit lean ….
The ways of Death are soothing and serene.


Comments about The Ways Of Death Are Soothing And Serene by William Ernest Henley

  • Rod Mendieta (1/24/2017 7:36:00 PM)


    A dark poem masterfully written: right up my alley! (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
Read all 1 comments »



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?



Poem Submitted: Monday, April 12, 2010



Famous Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  2. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  3. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  4. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  5. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  6. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  7. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  8. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  9. Television
    Roald Dahl
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe
[Report Error]