William Ernest Henley


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Poems is William Ernest Henley's collection of lyrical pieces in one tome. He is remembered most often for his 1875 poem “Invictus” and his dark “hospital poems”.
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  • црвених цветоваhas quoted6 years ago
    Behold me waiting—waiting for the knife. A little while, and at a leap I storm The thick, sweet mystery of chloroform, The drunken dark, the little death-in-life. The gods are good to me: I have no wife, No innocent child, to think of as I near The fateful minute; nothing all-too dear Unmans me for my bout of passive strife. Yet am I tremulous and a trifle sick, And, face to face with chance, I shrink a little: My hopes are strong, my will is something weak. Here comes the basket? Thank you. I am ready. But, gentlemen my porters, life is brittle: You carry Caesar and his fortunes—steady!
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