27MAR2021 – Poem – Invictus – William Ernest Henley

I posted this as a daily quote back in 2018.  But I like it, so I’m posting it again.  It speaks to a resiliency in the human soul that I admire.  I recently found out that Henley was the inspiration for the Long John Silver character in Treasure Island.  Robert Louis Stevenson was another talented character from Victorian England.  That they were friends is interesting.  I’ll have to do some reading on both of them.

 

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.