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.
# This is a very famous poem by English poet William Ernest Henely. Where I came across this poem was while watching this movie- Incivtus, casting Morgan Freeman in the role of Nelson Mandela. Poem is about keeping strong amidst greatest of difficulties.