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Selected Poetry of William Ernest Henley (1849-1903)

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Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

O, it's die we must, but it's live we can,
And the marvel of earth and sun
Is all for the joy of woman and man
And the longing that makes them one.
        (Between the Dusk of a Summer Night, 13-16)
  1. Ballade of Dead Actors
  2. Barmaid
  3. Between the Dusk of a Summer Night
  4. Croquis
  5. Double Ballade of the Nothingness of Things
  6. I. M. R.T. Hamilton Bruce (1846-1899) [Invictus]
  7. London Voluntaries IV: Out of the Poisonous East
  8. Madam Life's a Piece in Bloom
  9. The Rain and the Wind
  10. Villon's Straight Tip to All Cross Coves

Biographical information

Given name: William Ernest
Family name: Henley
Birth date: 23 August 1849
Death date: 11 June 1903
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: William Henley
          mother: Emma Henley
          wife: Anna Henley (from January 1878)
          brother: Anthony Warton Henley
          brother: Edward John Henley
Language: English
          Crypt Grammar School, Gloucester
          University of St. Andrews (D.D.) to 1893
Literary period: Victorian
Occupation: Editor
          Gloucester: 23 August 1849
          Edinburgh infirmary: 1873 to 1875
          London: 1877 to 1889
          Edinburgh: 1889
          Worthing: 1899 to 1901
          Woking: 1901 to 11 June 1903
Illness: Tuberculosis: 1861
Cause of death: Nervous shock
Buried at: Cremated at Woking, ashes brought to Cockayne Hatley, Bedfordshire
First RPO edition: 1996-2000