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Poem by William Ernest Henley


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The ways of Death are soothing and serene,
And all the words of Death are grave and sweet.
From camp and church, the fireside and the street,
She beckons forth  and strife and song have been.

A summer night descending cool and green
And dark on daytimes dust and stress and heat,
The ways of death are soothing and serene,
And all the words of Death are grave and sweet.

O, glad and sorrowful, with triumphant mien
And radiant faces, look upon and greet
This last of all your lovers, and to meet
The kiss, the Comforters, your spirit lean
The ways of Death are soothing and serene.



William Ernest Henley


William Ernest Henley's other poems:
  1. In Rotten Row
  2. London Types: Bus Driver
  3. A Wink from Hesper
  4. Let Us Be Drunk
  5. On The Way To Kew


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