William Ernest Henley

(1849 - 1902 / Gloucester / England)

William Ernest Henley Poems

121. Friends.... Old Friends...... 4/12/2010
122. Lady Probationer 4/12/2010
123. Anterotics 4/12/2010
124. When You Are Old 4/12/2010
125. Over The Hills And Far Away 4/12/2010
126. What Is To Come 4/12/2010
127. Double Ballad Of Life And Death 4/12/2010
128. Largo E Mesto 4/12/2010
129. Andante Con Moto 4/12/2010
130. As Like The Woman As You Can 4/12/2010
131. Last Post 4/12/2010
132. Villon's Straight Tip To All Cross Coves 1/1/2004
133. Attadale, West Highlands 4/12/2010
134. We Shall Surely Die 4/12/2010
135. After 4/12/2010
136. Ballade Of Midsummer Days And Nights 4/12/2010
137. I Gave My Heart To A Woman 4/12/2010
138. Allegro Maestoso 4/12/2010
139. Thick Is The Darkness 4/12/2010
140. I. M. R. T. Hamilton Bruce (1846-1899) 1/1/2004
141. In The Year That's Come And Gone 4/12/2010
142. Apparition 4/12/2010
143. Ave, Caesar! 4/12/2010
144. Operation 4/12/2010
145. London Voluntaries Iv: Out Of The Poisonous East 1/1/2004
146. Croquis 1/3/2003
147. Out Of The Night That Covers Me 4/12/2010
148. If It Should Come To Be 4/12/2010
149. A Dainty Thing's The Villanelle 4/12/2010
150. Double Ballade On The Nothingness Of Things 1/3/2003
151. Life Is Bitter 4/12/2010
152. A Late Lark Twitters From The Quiet Skies 4/12/2010
153. A New Song To An Old Tune 4/12/2010
154. A Thanksgiving 4/12/2010
155. A Desolate Shore 4/12/2010
156. There's A Regret 1/3/2003
157. If I Were King 1/3/2003
158. Kate-A-Whimsies, John-A-Dream 4/12/2010
159. Margaritae Sorori 1/4/2003
160. England, My England 1/4/2003

Comments about William Ernest Henley

  • Jed Mills (2/12/2013 4:00:00 PM)

    I find that the life of this man is very interesting and sad.

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  • 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?

  • 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


Though, if you ask her name, she says Elise,
Being plain Elizabeth, e'en let it pass,
And own that, if her aspirates take their ease,
She ever makes a point, in washing glass,
Handling the engine, turning taps for tots,
And countering change, and scorning what men say,
Of posing as a dove among the pots,
Nor often gives her dignity away.
Her head's a work of art, and, if her eyes

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