White and black sailing boat.

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. 

This post is the poem Invictus by Willliam Ernest Henley. He was an influential British poet who died in 1903, at the age of 54. He wrote this poem in 1875 and 144 years later his words speak to us all.

I would love to read your thoughts on those words. Mine? I just needed to remember that I can be, and that I must be, the master of my fate.

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2 thoughts on “Invictus

  1. Dear friend, thank you for sharing these beautiful, strong, motivational verses with us!
    They should be the main motto of our lives. Always. Even when it seems impossible. Especially then.
    They also reminded me of the following lines of another great book I recently read.
    “Adversity presents itself in many forms; if a man does not master his circumstances then he is bound to be mastered by them. ”
    A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW
    by Amor Towles

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    1. Thank you for your message. I will buy the book you mention and read it. Sounds really interesting. And inspiring!
      Best wishes!

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