Ballade of Dead Actors

Original Text: 
William Ernest Henley, Poems (London: Macmillan and Co., 1920): 59-60. PR 4783 A36 1921 Robarts Library
1Where are the passions they essayed,
2And where the tears they made to flow?
3Where the wild humours they portrayed
4For laughing worlds to see and know?
5Othello's wrath and Juliet's woe?
6Sir Peter's whims and Timon's gall?
7And Millamant and Romeo?
8Into the night go one and all.
9Where are the braveries, fresh or frayed?
10The plumes, the armours -- friend and foe?
11The cloth of gold, the rare brocade,
12The mantles glittering to and fro?
13The pomp, the pride, the royal show?
14The cries of war and festival?
15The youth, the grace, the charm, the glow?
16Into the night go one and all.
17The curtain falls, the play is played:
18The Beggar packs beside the Beau;
19The Monarch troops, and troops the Maid;
20The Thunder huddles with the Snow.
21Where are the revellers high and low?
22The clashing swords? The lover's call?
23The dancers gleaming row on row?
24Into the night go one and all.
25Prince, in one common overthrow
26The Hero tumbles with the Thrall:
27As dust that drives, as straws that blow,
28Into the night go one and all.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1996-2000.