This powerful poem of struggle and strength by William Henley is wonderfully set in this exciting piece. Following an eerie and ethereal introduction, a manic accompaniment begins the journey. Emotions range from forceful and commanding, to plaintive and reflective - a very exciting piece!
Concert Recording Available Below.
- Voicing: SATB divisi, male soloist
- Instrumentation: piano accompaniment
- Text Author: William Henley
- Duration: 4:30 minutes
- Publisher: Mysterium Music
Winner of Compositional Awards.
William Ernest Henley (1849-1903)
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.