One of the greatest lyrics ever written; Invictus is a rallying cry for those of us combating through hard times.
After being diagnosed with tuberculosis, W. E. Henley wrote Invictus in infirmary while experiencing medication on his left leg, which was amputated from the knee down. He was still merely a young man at that time and wrote the poem as a demonstration of his resilience in fighting the disease.
The orders of Invictus were said to have removed light into the darker angles of “peoples lives” when all else failed.
Out of the nighttime that coverings me,
Black as the excavation from pole to pole,
I thank whatever idols may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the precipitate clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My front is vicious, but unbowed.
Beyond this lieu of indignation and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shadow,
And more the menace of the years
Acquisition and shall find me unafraid.
It concerns not how strait the door,
How charged against penalties the scroll,
I am the master of my demise,
I am the captain of my soul.
William Ernest Henley( 1849 – 1903)
Read by Shane Morris
Music by Tony Anderson
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