Monday, November 2, 2015

Poem to Celebrate the All Blacks winning their Third Rugby World Cup: "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley

In case you haven't heard, the All Blacks (New Zealand's national rugby team) have just won the 2015 Rugby World Cup on the evening of Saturday 31 October at Twickenham in London, England.  

Since the inception of the Rugby World Cup in 1987, the All Blacks have won it three times. This is their third World Cup victory, the first to be won away from home and they are also now the first team to not only retain the World Cup, but to win back-to-back tournaments. 


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.

by William Ernest Henley

William Ernest Henley

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