Invictus - Recited by Sir Alan Bates

"Invictus," by William Ernest Henley (1849–1903), is here recited by Sir Alan Bates (now deceased).  The clip is from the UBS TV-Commercial Series “Poems 1997.”


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.

"Invictus," which is Latin for “invincible,” was first published in 1875.

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Original footage online, courtesy UBS. Copyright, UBS.


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