William Ernest Henley

(1849 - 1902 / Gloucester / England)

William Ernest Henley Poems

41. To My Wife 4/12/2010
42. Tree, Old Tree Of The Triple Crook 4/12/2010
43. Your Heart Has Trembled To My Tongue 4/12/2010
44. Here They Trysted, And Here They Strayed 4/12/2010
45. London Types: Sandwich-Man 4/12/2010
46. In Fisherrow 4/12/2010
47. The Surges Gushed And Sounded 4/12/2010
48. When You Wake In Your Crib 4/12/2010
49. Time And The Earth 4/12/2010
50. The Spirit Of Wine 4/12/2010
51. The Shadow Of Dawn 4/12/2010
52. Visitor 4/12/2010
53. Trees And The Menace Of Night 4/12/2010
54. London Types: Beef-Eater 4/12/2010
55. Villanelle 4/12/2010
56. Suicide 4/12/2010
57. The Ways Of Death Are Soothing And Serene 4/12/2010
58. In The Waste Hour 4/12/2010
59. Nocturn 4/12/2010
60. One With The Ruined Sunset 4/12/2010
61. To: W A 4/12/2010
62. London Types: 'Liza 4/12/2010
63. Grave 4/12/2010
64. Why, My Heart, Do We Love Her So? 4/12/2010
65. The Sands Are Alive With Sunshine 4/12/2010
66. Some Starlit Garden Grey With Dew 4/12/2010
67. The Gods Are Dead 4/12/2010
68. London Types: Drum-Major 4/12/2010
69. In The Placid Summer Midnight 4/12/2010
70. House-Surgeon 4/12/2010
71. Children: Private Ward 4/12/2010
72. Interior 4/12/2010
73. London Types: 4/12/2010
74. At Queensferry 4/12/2010
75. Romance 4/12/2010
76. Midsummer Midnight Skies 4/12/2010
77. London Types: Mounted Police 4/12/2010
78. The Nightingale Has A Lyre Of Gold 4/12/2010
79. From The Break The Nightingale 4/12/2010
80. Pro Rege Nostro 4/12/2010

Comments about William Ernest Henley

  • Suresh Bala (7/5/2010 8:38:00 AM)


    Can someone elaborate the line about the 'Horror of the shade'? Is this a biblical reference?

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  • Serene Waters (1/3/2010 2:18:00 AM)

    I just saw the phenomenal movie Invictus five hours ago. This movie, about Nelson Mandela and his ressurrection from being a prisoner to being the president of South Africa, show that iron bars can not stop some men.
    He rehearsed the words of hope from his prison cell in the Poem Invictus, and the power of spirit over matter was manifested. As president, he also quelled the post-apartheid tension, transforming enemies into friends. It is a story about someone with a vision of an ideal world who was able to embrace his nation, both black and white, as his family. His heart will not be forgotten, because without people like him a better world will never come. You will feel so uplifted by this movie! ! !

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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