Vintage verse – Invictus by 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.

by William Ernest Henley (1849–1903)

Voice by Morgan Freeman as Mandela from the movie “Invictus”.


One response to “Vintage verse – Invictus by William Ernest Henley”

  1. Risa Denenberg Avatar

    This poem got me through high school. Thanks for posting it.

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