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William Ernest Henley (Уильям Эрнст Хенли)


Enter Patient


The morning mists still haunt the stony street;
The northern summer air is shrill and cold;
And lo, the Hospital, grey, quiet, old,
Where Life and Death like friendly chafferers meet.
Thro' the loud spaciousness and draughty gloom
A small, strange child-so aged yet so young! -
Her little arm besplinted and beslung,
Precedes me gravely to the waiting-room.
I limp behind, my confidence all gone.
The grey-haired soldier-porter waves me on,
And on I crawl, and still my spirits fail:
A tragic meanness seems so to environ
These corridors and stairs of stone and iron,
Cold, naked, clean-half-workhouse and half-jail.



William Ernest Henley's other poems:
  1. What is to Come
  2. Casualty
  3. In Fisherrow
  4. Your Heart Has Trembled To My Tongue
  5. Bring Her Again, O Western Wind


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