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Invictus by William Ernest Henley

Because my heart is full with so much love for the world I am living in, because I am thankful for the life that has been given to me, and because I know I will go on despite everything:

Invictus
William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Comments (2)

  • Been a long time I believe, refreshing to read again, best line being ‘I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.’

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  • I always remember my 3rd yr Literature teacher everytime I read this poem. I miss all the activities we had back then.

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