William Ernest Henley

(1849 - 1902 / Gloucester / England)

We Shall Surely Die


We shall surely die:
Must we needs grow old?
Grow old and cold,
And we know not why?

O, the By-and-By,
And the tale that’s told!
We shall surely die:
Must we needs grow old?

Grow old and sigh,
Grudge and withhold,
Resent and scold?…
Not you and I?
We shall surely die!

Submitted: Monday, April 12, 2010

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