Invictus

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.

-W.E Henley

This is one of my favourite poems, if not my favourite. I met this for the first time when I first watched Invictus by Clint Eastwood. That movie hit me. It hit me deeply, I remember that I was astonished by the great soul-strenght of Nelson Mandela and by the overall atmosphere.

 

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