Invictus

by William Ernest Henley   1875

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods there 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, me unafraid.

It matter now how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

[Suggested by Timothy Lane] __________________________________________________
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