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William Ernest Henley
(1849-1903) born on
Aug 23
English poet, critic, editor. His journals introduced the early work of many of the great English writers of the 1890s; best known for his poem "Invictus."
Madam, Life's a piece in bloom
Death goes dogging everywhere:
She's the tenant of the room
He's the ruffian on the stair.

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.
What have I done for you,
England, my England?
What is there I would not do,
England, my own?
In the fell clutch of circumstance,
I have not winced nor cried aloud:
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
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.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: To W.R..
R: Echoes," IV, 'Invictus. In Mem. R.T.H.B.'
A: For England's Sake, 3
N: Invictus: In Memoriam R. T. Hamilton Bruce.
K: Invictus

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