"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."
Under the bludgeoning of fortunes
I have stood as the best,
And I have walked, and slipped,
and sometimes taken rest.
This I could achieve, never alone
But I had my Teacher with me,
Who told me where the North Star shone
And His teachings I carry in my heart within me.
The first paragraph, "Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole" Is from the poem "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley.