Invictus (Charles West)

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  • (Posted 2015-06-05)  CPDL #35658:       
Editor: Charles West (submitted 2015-06-05).   Score information: A4, 16 pages   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Invictus
Composer: Charles West
Lyricist: William Ernest Henley

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SAATTB
Genre: Secular

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2015

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Original text and translations

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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.