Invictus

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  1. Mini

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    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.​



    By William Ernest Henley. 1849-1903​
     
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    That's my favourite poem :)
     
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    Really!

    I have only come across this poem today and it choked me up:cry:

    It is very powerful and challenging.


    The last two line are a wonderful reminder...



    "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul".
     
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    It's very personal to me. I do find it's not a poem that many people have heard of but it's so powerful.

    It was also Timothy McVeigh's last words (he wrote it down and handed it to a prison guard rather than actually speak) and as such it has been removed from various school curricula! Crazy stuff.
     
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