Over time, poor health caught up with Thompson, and on the morning of November 13, 1907, he died of tuberculosis. The restless, gentle soul was finally at peace. Although the story of his addiction was long kept hidden, knowing the full story of Francis Thompson only provides a greater resonance to his work. For ultimately his story is not one of despair but of hope and triumph. Author Michael Daniel notes:
In an age such as ours in which drug addiction and writings emanating from it are symptomatic of nihilism, and ultimately of despair, Thompson's moving poetry, resonating with a Catholic worldview of hope, provides a positive alternative.