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Poem by William Ernest Henley


Crosses And Troubles


Crosses and troubles a-many have proved me.
One or two women (God bless them) have loved me.
I have worked and dreamed, and Ive talked at will.
Of art and drink I have had my fill.
Ive comforted here, and I succoured there.
Ive faced my foes, and I backed my friends.
Ive blundered, and sometimes made amends.
Ive prayed for light, and Ive known despair.
Now I look before, as I look behind,
Come storm, come shine, whatever befall,
With a grateful heart and a constant mind,
For the end I know is the best of all. 



                      William Ernest Henley


William Ernest Henley's other poems:
  1. London Types: Bus Driver
  2. A Wink from Hesper
  3. The Ways of Death Are Soothing and Serene
  4. In Rotten Row
  5. There's a Regret


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