William Ernest Henley was afflicted from childhood with
a form of tuberculosis, losing one foot to amputation because of
it. His other foot was saved after 20 agonizing months in the
hospital. His Hospital Verses record his time at the Edinburgh infirmary at Edinburgh with vivid images of the sights, sensations and actual smells of the sickroom.
Despite such adversity, Henley never ceased to worship strength and courage and a belief in the ability of the human
spirit to triumph. He was a close friend of Robert