William Ernest Henley, “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.

(Submitted by chrisosnap

  1. limengrui501 reblogged this from sharingpoetry
  2. effulgent-bliss reblogged this from sharingpoetry
  3. artnut reblogged this from sharingpoetry
  4. madcrimsondaydream reblogged this from sharingpoetry
  5. flutterbi13 reblogged this from sharingpoetry
  6. literary-enthusiasts reblogged this from sharingpoetry
  7. thestarofthesea reblogged this from sharingpoetry
  8. pancakeexpressionist reblogged this from sharingpoetry
  9. prettylipssealed reblogged this from sharingpoetry
  10. myatonement reblogged this from sharingpoetry
  11. jmckanon reblogged this from sharingpoetry
  12. mackywack reblogged this from sharingpoetry
  13. the-yellow-gnome reblogged this from sharingpoetry
  14. alsasalsa reblogged this from sharingpoetry
  15. sydaustralia reblogged this from sharingpoetry
  16. keebiekneebiez reblogged this from sharingpoetry
  17. so-it-goes-again reblogged this from sharingpoetry
  18. cryswiltshire reblogged this from sharingpoetry and added:
    One of my favourite poems of all time. Amazing words about being strong and true to yourself.
  19. nevernear reblogged this from sharingpoetry
  20. japaulsen reblogged this from sharingpoetry
  21. liuiae reblogged this from sharingpoetry
  22. cosmolatry reblogged this from sharingpoetry
  23. streetsofmadness reblogged this from sharingpoetry
  24. starphys reblogged this from sharingpoetry
  25. hyukero reblogged this from lulushow
  26. lulushow reblogged this from sharingpoetry
  27. ghostheart reblogged this from sharingpoetry