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William Ernest Henley
William Ernest Henley
1849-1903


Theme:  Praising Wine


NOTES:
French poet Charles Baudelaire also has wine that sings to him:  The Soul Of Wine
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William 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:

Invictus

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.

- S. H. Bass   


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Fill a glass with golden wine
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The Spirit of Wine
William Ernest Henley (1849-1903), English poet

The Spirit of Wine
Sang in my glass, and I listened
With love to his odorous music,
His flushed and magnificent song.

'I am health, I am heart, I am life!
For I give for the asking
The fire of my father, the Sun,
And the strength of my mother, the Earth.
Inspiration in essence,
I am wisdom and wit to the wise,
His visible muse to the poet,
The soul of desire to the lover,
The genius of laughter to all.

'Come, lean on me, ye that are weary!
Rise, ye faint-hearted and doubting!
Haste, ye that lag by the way!
I am Pride, the consoler;
Valor and Hope are my henchmen;
I am the Angel of Rest.

'I am life, I am wealth, I am fame:
For I captain an army
Of shining and generous dreams;
And mine, too, all mine, are the keys
Of that secret spiritual shrine,
Where, his work-a-day soul put by,
Shut in with his saint of saints -
With his radiant and conquering self -
Man worships, and talks, and is glad.

'Come, sit with me, ye that are lonely,
Ye that are paid with disdain,
Ye that are chained and would soar!
I am beauty and love;
I am friendship, the comforter;
I am that which forgives and forgets.'

The Spirit of Wine
Sang in my heart, and I triumphed
In the savor and scent of his music,
His magnetic and mastering song.


from Poems (1897)


Poems (1897) by William Ernest Henley

Free E-Book from Project Gutenberg


       

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