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.

William Ernest Henley


  1. This has got to be one of the most inspiring collection of thoughts ever collected into words..and, now that I know about the Mandela connection, I think its even more powerful!

  2. At first, I thought this was all about the movie Invictus. Very powerful verses and stanzas.

  3. very impressive stuff you have put here...the sheer simplicity of it drives you breathless!

    Scribblers Inc.

  4. @Tangled: For me, it's powerful at a personal level, without the associated history or context.. But yes, internalizing this can help you face anything..

    @isambay: Totally! This was the by far the best part of the movie for me!

    @Scribblers: Thanks a lot man! And congrats on your book! Will check out your blog in depth soon..


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