Invictus – A Motivational Poem for Hard Times

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One of the greatest poems ever written; Invictus is a rallying cry for those of us battling through hard times.

After being diagnosed with tuberculosis, W. E. Henley wrote Invictus in hospital while undergoing treatment on his left leg, which was amputated from the knee down. He was still only a young man at that time and wrote the poem as a demonstration of his resilience in fighting the disease.

The lines of Invictus were said to have shed light into the darker corners of his life when all else failed.

Full Poem:

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 (1849 – 1903)

Read by Shane Morris
Music by Tony Anderson

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  1. The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually fear that you will make one.

  2. Invictus, a timeless and inspirational piece of work 🙏🏼 you really know to pick em’! 💪🏼

  3. After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. We never lose. We only win or we learn!!

  4. May the lines of Invictus shed light into the darker corners of your life when all else fails.

  5. I am Arabian and muslim by faith, your channel has been a great discovery for me as a student of English literature. Thank youfor introducing this awesome motivational poem to us.

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