The poem you seek is called "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley which
was published in 1875. The full text of the poem follows:
"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."
Sites you may find interesting...
William Ernest Henley - Wikipedia
Opposing View Points on "Invictus"
Invictus -- Wikipedia
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"out of the night that covers me" poem