|The Rhyme Maker
Ernest Henley has gained immortality as a poet with his penning of one
single poem. It is one of the most inspirational poems of all
time, often sited and quoted. It also gives its name to a 2009
film by director Clint Eastwood. The poem:
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.
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the generous gods for giving
Spirit Of Wine
a glass with golden
William Ernest Henley
(1849-1903), English poet
a glass with golden wine,
the while your lips are wet
their perfume unto mine,
kiss we take and give
us less of life to live.
again! Your whim and mine
a happy while have met.
your sweets to me resign,
we press with every breath,
or singing, nearer death.
Poems (1897) by William Ernest Henley
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