William Ernest Henley

Gloucester / England
William Ernest Henley
Gloucester / England
Monday, April 12, 2010

Out Of The Night That Covers Me

Rating: 2.9
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
Ratnakar Mandlik 17 August 2019
" I thank whatever Gods may be For my unconquerable soul" Nice poem and a pleasure to read.
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Gloria Kaplan 22 December 2017
I named my son (now 67 yrs. old) because something in this poem that reminded me of the name Jan. Can you refresh my memory? Thank you.
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Allan Griff 29 October 2018
Jan Valtin (real name Richard Krebs) is author of a book (Out of the Night,1940) , used Henley's line for his title, .
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