Bloody, but unbowed (Mark Chapman)

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  • (Posted 2015-05-30)   CPDL #35601:       
Editor: Mark Chapman (submitted 2015-05-30).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 538 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC SA
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General Information

Title: Bloody, but unbowed
Composer: Mark Chapman
Lyricist: William Ernest Henley

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularArt song

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

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Original text and translations

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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.