William Ernest Henley

(1849 - 1902 / Gloucester / England)

We Shall Surely Die - Poem by William Ernest Henley

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!


Comments about We Shall Surely Die by William Ernest Henley

  • Veteran Poet - 1,078 Points George Samuel (6/17/2014 12:16:00 PM)

    Death is inevitable. We shall surely die. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 12, 2010



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