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William Ernest Henley

(1849 - 1902 / Gloucester / England)

Invictus


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
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  • Karen Wood (9/15/2012 5:27:00 PM)

    I have loved this poem since reading it for the first time over thirty years ago. It is very stirring. Another which creates the same feeling for me is The Last Hero by GK Chesterton. (Report) Reply

  • E. James (9/12/2012 12:44:00 PM)

    I like this poem by W. E. Henley a lot.... still, I read a response by Orson F. Whitney, that is a beautiful Christian response to Invictus. I can be the captain of my soul, or, as Carrie Underwood sang, Jesus Take the Wheel and let Him be the Captain of my soul. I prefer and have always been blessed by choosing Him.

    Art thou in truth?
    Then what of Him who bought thee with His blood?
    Who plunged into devouring seas
    And snatched thee from the flood,
    Who bore for all our fallen race
    What none but Him could bear—
    That God who died that man might live
    And endless glory share.
    Of what avail thy vaunted strength
    Apart from His vast might?
    Pray that His light may pierce the gloom
    That thou mayest see aright.
    Men are as bubbles on the wave,
    As leaves upon the tree,
    Thou, captain of thy soul! Forsooth,
    Who gave that place to thee?
    Free will is thine—free agency,
    To wield for right or wrong;
    But thou must answer unto Him
    To whom all souls belong.
    Bend to the dust that “head unbowed, ”
    Small part of life’s great whole,
    And see in Him and Him alone,
    The captain of thy soul. (Report) Reply

  • Jeff Crawford (9/7/2012 3:13:00 AM)

    It is almost 3 years since I commented about a response by Basra Emli (an obvious ignorant regiligious imbecile) about this poem. I keep a copy in my wallett along with other inspiratonal poems (Flanders Fields poppies among others) . I think that the simple minded people who believe they do not have REAL FREE WILL should study the work of Pelagius from the early years of Christianity to realise how the real intellect of the Church was destroyed by the likes of St Augustine Hippo. If the early Church had not been obsessed with power over the minds of such as Basra, it might have relevance today! ! (Report) Reply

  • Arshad Dahlan (8/27/2012 9:28:00 AM)

    This is my favorite poem in the world, living in Africa I have seen how it is there with my own eyes, and I love this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Amy T (8/22/2012 10:18:00 PM)

    this poem shook me the first time I heard it. there is so much power in it. on mornings when I dread facing the world, reading the lines to myself helps me get my ass out of bed. (Report) Reply

  • Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (8/11/2012 8:00:00 AM)

    I have loved this poem since I was a young student, intriqued by the courage of this man who had tuberculosis and whose leg was amputated. I would like to know more of this writer, and thank him for this legacy of courage he has left for our generations. (Report) Reply

  • Poet Dragon (8/7/2012 12:45:00 PM)

    A classic rejection of biblical judgement. What scales could measure the weight of past moments that never existed? (Report) Reply

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    The first time I came here, less than 10 seconds the display is perfectly open, and the loading is completed less than 20 seconds and to open the article only took about 7 seconds. So I think this is very fast! Incredible! Trying to maintain! [a href=http: //www.consumerwatchonline.com]Lipozene[/a] (Report) Reply

  • Mark Trajano (7/16/2012 11:36:00 AM)

    this poem is... so empowering; light and simple it may be it's essence is immeasurable. (Report) Reply

  • Marquel Patrick (7/8/2012 12:14:00 AM)

    I climb out of a pit of darkness into the light and can't help but to fear what's beyond what the eye can see
    but then I realized it is no match for the greatness I am to be (Report) Reply

  • Ben Sabourin (5/8/2012 6:48:00 PM)

    a testament to the fact that all humans posses amazing strength
    it's a shame that some don't find it inside of them (Report) Reply

  • Cassandra Gillespie (5/8/2012 12:38:00 PM)

    My fiance was killed in a car accident while I was 7 months pregnant. Now I'm a single mother to our 6 mo son, and am just beginning to feel joy again. I recently heard this poem for the first time, and I find myself reading it over and over some days. It helps renew my strength and reminds me not to fear the future. (Report) Reply

  • Zofie Wingmaker (4/5/2012 11:40:00 AM)

    I love this poem. Out of all the ones my teacher is making us recite this is my overall favorite! ! ! ! ! I wish William was still alive so I could ask him some questions. (Report) Reply

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