Where is the following text from:it matters not how straight the gate,How torn with punishment the scrool, I am the captian of the ship, I am the master of my sole. my father quoted this and I...

Where is the following text from:

it matters not how straight the gate,How torn with punishment the scrool, I am the captian of the ship, I am the master of my sole.

my father quoted this and I really need to know what poem it was from and if there is anymore verses to it.  My father died today and i would like to read this at his funeral.

Thank you

Charlotte

Expert Answers
marilynn07 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here is the poem in its entirety. Invictus means unconquerable in Latin. William E. Henley developed tuberculosis in the bone at age 12 and had to have a leg amputated. He went on to lead an active and challenging life.

INVICTUS

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.

W. E. Henley (1875)
dalepowell1962 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is actually the last verse of a poem by William Ernest Henley who died in 1903.

Invictus

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.