Morgan Freeman: Invictus (6 Nations)

Anybody who has been around me the past few weeks will know that I have raved wildly about the movie ‘Invictus’ and how much I am looking forward to seeing it.

Well, I am off to see the film tomorrow, and will post a review (UPDATE: REVIEW HERE)- this post is actually about Morgan Freeman’s reading of the poem ‘Invictus’ (by William Ernest Henley, 1875), recorded especially for the BBC coverage of the 6 Nations rugby:


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.

An absolutely epic reading I am sure that you’ll agree – the BBC do sports trailers incredibly well in my opinion and I reckon that this has to be one of their best!

I’m not even a huge fan of rugby, but I do love all the patriotism and kerfuffle in the build up to the game. I did watch the first half of England vs Wales though, even if my comments were limited to ‘cor, nice centenary shirts!‘ and ‘oooo! Tim Flood, pass the ball to him more please!‘ ha.

My thanks go to Jon @ “A Blog’s Life” for highlighting the YouTube clip 😉

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About Gari

Northern lad; living out in the Peak District and rediscovering life after having had a brain tumour.

2 Responses

  1. Jon

    Hi Gari,

    Thanks for the pingback – Invictus is on my radar too, and even though I’m Welsh, I thought the centenary shirts were pretty cool.

    Enjoy the movie later!


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