Steven M. Allen
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Invictus

Invictus

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Written for Male Voices, this setting of Invictus is an ordered composition. It is constructed using the names of Founders, important dates and other information pertinent to the history of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Instrumentation
4 – Horns in F
2 – Trumpets in Bb
3 – Trombones
Euphonium
Tuba
Percussion

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank Thee, Almighty God,*
[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,
God is the Master of my fate!
The LORD is the Captain of my soul.

[I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.]

– William Ernest Henley (1849-1903)

* The composer has made two alterations in the text, shown here in italics. The original text is bracketed.